The ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV) and its allies have swept Venezuela’s parliamentary elections and regained control of the National Assembly (AN)
The victory of Maduro’s political alliance in Sunday’s parliamentary election means that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, economic hardships and evil sanctions by the USA, Venezuelans voted for the continuation of the Chavista Revolution.
According to the National Electoral Council (CNE)’s results, government-backed candidates are projected to win at least 189 of the 277-seat assembly after netting 68 percent of the vote with 98.63% counted.
Combined opposition parties, which have controlled the parliament for the last five years, won only 28% of the vote, losing control of the legislative body. The traditional Democratic Action (AD) and Copei parties led the opposition’s efforts.
For its part, the newly formed Popular Revolutionary Alternative (APR) leftwing grouping, which was running on the Communist Party ticket and had previously decried state-led censorship during the campaign, won around 3% and returned one deputy.
One of the most striking headlines of the day, however, was a high abstention rate. According to the CNE, only 30.5% of the electoral roll participated in the vote, well below the 74 percent in the 2015 AN elections.
Both the PSUV and opposition blocks saw their total votes drop considerably on Sunday, by 20% and 77%, respectively.
Turnout has fluctuated considerably in Venezuelan legislative elections, with a 66% turnout in 2010 more than doubling the 25% total in 2005, when the entire opposition block boycotted the vote.
Following the initial results, President Nicolas Maduro rejoiced in his party’s victory. Venezuela awakes with a new dawn for peace, joy, coming together and a strengthening of our democratic institutions,” he said in a televised address.
A new stage in the reconstruction of the parliament and the recuperation of our county has begun. Opposition groups and the Popular Revolutionary Alternative are yet to comment on the results.
The Venezuelan electoral process was organized in a much more responsible and transparent way in many aspects than in some countries which claim to be ‘flag-bearers of democracy.
Over 200 independent, on-the-ground international observers also green-lighted Sunday’s vote, highlighting the fluidity and soundness of the process. Detailed international reports are expected to be released later this week.
Venezuela’s Attorney General Tarek William Saab and Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez likewise reinforced the transparent nature of Sunday’s vote, with the former stating that no reports of incidents had been received and that the vote was held in a “civil and peaceful manner.”
Sunday’s vote saw 14,400 candidates from 107 political parties compete for seats, of which nine parties backed the government candidates and the rest ran independent candidates. 14,000 voting centers were used with an average of around 1500 voters enrolled per center.
Venezuela is expected to hold local and regional elections to choose mayors and governors in 2021.
Venezuela Analysis / ABC Flash Point News 2020.