The Venezuelan president called to participate in the parliamentary elections process, determined for December, and applauded number of seats increase .
The president reiterated on his social media his “call to political actors and all our people to prepare for a new electoral process. Beyond our differences, peace must prevail. ”
“Votes Yes, Bullets No! It is the slogan that will be heard in the fields, towns and cities, “he emphasized on Tuesday on the social network Twitter.
Maduro made these comments the same day that the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Indira Alfonzo, stated that “the special rules that will govern the parliamentary elections this December were unanimously agreed”, with an increase in the seats of the unicameral National Assembly (AN) from 167 to 277.
Alfonzo explained that the 66% increase in deputies is due to the increase in the demographic population that exceeds 32 million inhabitants.
In this regard, Maduro welcomed the increase in the number of deputies to be elected in the renewal elections of the National Assembly, a parliamentary body currently with an opposition majority, but without power over some functions for acting in contempt, as determined in 2016 by the Venezuelan Justice. The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) is in charge of the functions restricted to the AN.
“Out of 167 deputies, the Venezuelan people are now going to elect 277 deputies, a greater representation from the population point of view (…) this is great news that we are in charge of greeting and applauding, that Venezuela is heading towards the parliamentary elections,” expressed the head of state.
In response to the opposition’s insistence that elections be held in the country, Constituent National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello announced the Maduro government’s decision to call parliamentary elections before December 31, 2020. However, it now questions the appointment of the National Electoral Council (CNE)
rectors, in charge of the parliamentary electoral process.
The Supreme Judicial Court (TSJ) appointed the main rectors of the CNE, after declaring the unconstitutional omission by the National Assembly (AN)
, since due to its contempt, it is unable to elect the members of the highest electoral body. But, the opposition, led by Juan Guaidó, considers that this task corresponds to the AN.