Venezuela poll turnout hailed
THE PRESIDENT of the National Electoral Council Tibisay Lucena has announced that turnout in Venezuela’s historic National Constituent Assembly was over 41%, indicating that over 8 million people voted in the elections.
“Peace has won. If peace has won, Venezuela has won,” she said. “Despite the violence and threats, Venezuelans were able to express themselves.”
Lucena said the council had to relocate some voting centres to avoid violence, and that today the indigenous communities will choose the eight remaining representatives.
President Nicolas Maduro spoke to a large crowd in Caracas and thanked them. Maduro said it was one of the highest voter turnouts of the Bolivarian Revolution. “Eight million in the middle of threats, there were states where they crossed rivers and mountains, and they voted,” Maduro said. “The people of Venezuela have given a lesson on democracy.”
Voting hours were extended due to the large response, as Venezuelans lined up long before dawn to cast their ballots.
The poll was peaceful with the exception of a few isolated incidents of violence as opposition supporters protested. teleSUR