Venezuela poll turnout hailed

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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

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