Venezuela altered election turnout by at least 1 million

Venezuela altered election turnout by at least 1 million

Venezuela altered election turnout by at least 1 million

Along with the US, the European Union and nations including Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Spain and Britain criticized Sunday's vote.

The Cuban government has denounced the "well-planned global operation" against the country, "directed from Washington" and aimed at "silencing the voice of the Venezuelan people".

The National Elections Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities is at least one million votes", he said yesterday, speaking in London.

The Venezuelan government altered the turnout for its contentious election over the weekend by at least 1 million votes, a software company involved in setting up voting systems for the country said on Wednesday. Maduro vows he will use it to target his opponents and solidify the socialist system installed by the late President Hugo Chavez. Mr.

The absence of auditors, the company said, allowed for a manipulation of the turnout numbers.

Purgatorio, a Spanish professor at Western Connecticut State University who also owns his own translation business, said that large discrepancy created "a scandal".

"Maduro's blatant power grab removes any ambiguity about whether Venezuela is a democracy", said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue research centre. And an independent exit poll concluded that less than half the government's figure actually cast ballots. Maduro on Sunday said one of the top priorities of the constituent assembly, which has no formal restrictions on its power, would be a "restructuring" of the chief prosecutor's office.

In the wee hours Tuesday, the government "arrested" two prominent regime critics who'd questioned the vote in Sunday's "election" to that assembly. Lopez previously spent three years in jail on charges of instigating violence during anti-Maduro street protests in 2014; Ledezma was convicted in 2015 on charges of plotting a coup against Maduro.

"In the past, a soldier was respected but now, after this period of degeneration, a soldier gets the contempt of the whole population", said a 33-year-old Air Force major, also asking his name not be revealed for fear of reprisal.

"Our strategy has always been respect for the constitution, institutions, and fight for free elections", he said.

While the USA top diplomat cited the Organization of American States as a "coalition partner" in anti-Venezuelan efforts, the regional body's charter explicitly disallows the interventionist measures wielded against Caracas by Washington.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a polling station during the Constituent Assembly election in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sunday.

Venezuela's opposition is readying a new showdown with President Nicolas Maduro on Friday, rescheduling a massive protest to coincide with his inauguration of a powerful new assembly set to replace congress.

Mr Williamson said he was not an "apologist" for the Venezuelan government, adding: "Clearly they've made mistakes, they didn't do enough to diversify the economy".

Last week, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people a day were leaving Venezuela for Guatemala and Colombia, seeking everything from groceries and refuge. "I don't see any other way".

Then the Maduro-backed Supreme Court briefly attempted to dissolve the National Assembly and acquire its legislative powers, sparking a wave of protests that have continued nearly daily since March.

The EU official urged Caracas to release all political prisoners, including Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez, two prominent opposition figures, who were taken from their homes by police earlier in the week.

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