Op­pos­ing polls staged

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

CARA­CAS: Venezuela saw its feud­ing po­lit­i­cal fac­tions both pre­pare polls on Sun­day, with the govern­ment hold­ing a sim­u­la­tion of the July 30 vote to elect the Na­tional Con­stituent Assem­bly while the op­po­si­tion or­gan­ised an un­of­fi­cial ref­er­en­dum of its own to gauge pub­lic sup­port for re­jec­tion of the assem­bly.

The Na­tional Elec­toral Coun­cil said the sim­u­la­tion saw “high par­tic­i­pa­tion”.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity to be­come fa­mil­iarised with the par­tic­u­lar­i­ties of the vote for the assem­bly,” said Na­tional Elec­toral Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive San­dra Obli­tas.

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