Venezuela Sees “Historic” Turnout in National Constituent Assembly Elections

Speaking from the Plaza Bolivar in Caracas shortly after the CNE announcement, President Nicolas Maduro hailed the large vote total as indicative of the new body’s legitimacy.

“The National Constituent Assembly is born with a great popular legitimacy,” he affirmed.

According to CNE records, the total number of votes for the ANC surpasses the 7,587,579 votes received by Maduro in his narrow 2013 election victory and comes in as a close second to late President Hugo Chavez’s 2012 reelection triumph with 8,191,132 votes.

Sunday’s turnout likewise exceeds the participation in the 1999 consultative referendum on whether to convene a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution, which stood at 37.65 percent.

While the vast majority of the ANC’s 545 delegates were elected on Sunday, indigenous assemblies will convene this coming Tuesday in order to choose their eight representatives.

PUBLISHED ON JUL 31ST 2017 AT 11.31AM

SOURCE: https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/13275

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