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Election in Venezuela: the opposition is excited about taking a stronghold from Chavismo

The state of Barinas, in Venezuela, the cradle of Hugo Chávez and a stronghold of the regime for decades, returned to the polls this Sunday with opinions divided between a hope for change or the search for continuity.

Chavismo and the opposition are fighting for the governorship in repeated elections after the annulment of those held on November 21 for alleged irregularities.

The region was governed since 1998 by someone named Chávez, and this Sunday it will take a turn.

The opposition Sergio Garrido led the voting intention polls, with 42.6% of the preferences, and the official Jorge Arreaza obtained 34% in the polls released before the weekend. But whoever wins, the dynasty will leave its place.

Some, who saw the victory slip out of their hands in November, celebrate that the elections are repeated after the order given by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), hoping that the people will not miss the second chance.

The opposition candidate for the governorship of Barinas, Venezuela, Sergio Garrido, greets supporters at a voting center this Sunday. Photo: EFE

Others, on the other hand, hope that it will serve to ratify the opposition’s victory.

The high court ordered the replay after a controversial recount that lasted eight days and that gave the winner, by a narrow margin, the then opponent Freddy Superlano, against Argenis Chávez, brother of the man who presided over Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013.

Complaints from the opposition

The day took place this Sunday with relative calm, although the opposition bloc denounced some irregularities, such as the restriction on access of its witnesses in polling stations, which have been resolved.

The opposition candidate Sergio Garrido denounced that the Nicolás Maduro regime censored two radio programs and prevented him from transmitting his statements on television. The obstacles are violations of electoral rules.

A military man guards the access to a voting center this Sunday, in Barinas.  Photo: EFE

A military man guards the access to a voting center this Sunday, in Barinas. Photo: EFE

Garrido, who is presented by the opposition alliance Mesa de Unidad Democrática (MUD) also denounced the arrest of two opposition activists in the Barinense town of Cruz Verde and the excessive presence of the military in the centers to intimidate and intimidate.

The Maduro regime deployed 24,000 uniformed members of the military, militia, police and security agents, at a rate of 44 for each center of the 543 authorized for the elections.

The Venezuelan lawyers union on its Twitter account confirmed that the exit poll at noon, local time, gave Garrido an advantage.

“The Chavista votes arrived – showing the red buses – to Barinas. In an absolutely ‘tramparent’ election, but even so the exit polls give the opposition candidate the advantage, but the problem is not having more votes, but the one that counts them as the Chavistas ”.

Diosdado Cabello, vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), complained about the low turnout of the Chavista elector. “Participation must improve,” he said on his tour of the Barinas voting centers.

Jorge Arreaza, the ruling party candidate for the governorship of Barinas, votes this Sunday.  Photo: REUTERS

Jorge Arreaza, the ruling party candidate for the governorship of Barinas, votes this Sunday. Photo: REUTERS

Electoral promises

Former Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, a Chavez candidate, insisted on the distribution of food bags from the Clap social plan (Local Supply and Production Committee), the construction of schools and the reactivation of the Barinas sugar mill, which has cost millions of dollars and it has not produced a lump of sugar.

Also the reactivation of Belarusian companies that never produced anything.

Political scientist Víctor Maldonado believes that the repetition of the election in Barinas shows “the dramatic outrage against civic decency in Venezuela and takes for granted that the candidate of the ruling party will win,” he told the Voice of America.

Roberto Picón, rector of the National Electoral Council (CNE), regretted that the electoral power cannot control or supervise or sanction the abuse of the Executive’s power in the electoral campaign in favor of the official candidates.

Picón denounced on his twitter account “the deployment of high state officials: deputies, ministers, presidents of institutes, corporations, state banks, state security forces during the electoral campaign” in favor of Arreaza.

Also the “use of public facilities and buildings for campaign events, collection and storage of goods to be distributed during the campaign.”

The same is the “use of vehicles and goods of public bodies for proselytizing events. The presence of Bus Barinas, Yutong units, trucks, ministries vans, PDVSA, Unellez, etc., was evidenced in political events ”, in the Arreaza campaign.

Fourth, Picón pointed out the “promotion of the candidate of the Great Patriotic Pole by Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) and other ministries and public organizations, with positioning of the labels #ArreazaArrasa, # BarinasTieneConQué and #BarinasConArreaza, among others.

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