Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Venezuela altered election turnout by at least 1 million

Venezuela altered election turnout by at least 1 million

Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) said that 8,089,320 of people took part in the election.

On Aug. 2, the company's CEO, Antonio Mugica, said the election's reported voter turnout figure of eight million was inflated and actual turnout differed by at least one million.

In the wee hours Tuesday, the government "arrested" two prominent regime critics who'd questioned the vote in Sunday's "election" to that assembly.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is accusing an global voting software firm of being part of a USA campaign to stain the results of the country's election of a constitutional assembly.

"It has been proposed", Maduro said at a ceremony for the new assembly members in the capital, "that the installation of the National Constituent Assembly, instead of being held tomorrow, be organized in peace and calm, with all necessary protocol, on Friday at 11 a.m. [1500 UTC]".

Countries around the world have condemned the assembly, which has no legal restrictions on its powers, as an assault on democratic rule. They say he would lose a free and fair presidential election and is widely criticised for an economic crisis marked by triple-digit inflation, rising poverty levels, and chronic shortages of food and medicine.

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Two opposition leaders have been arrested in an apparent crackdown.

Countries across Latin America, including Argentina, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico, as well as the United States, Canada, and the European Union, have said they will not recognize the result.

The voter count in Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro's push to create a so-called constituent assembly last weekend was fraudulent, according to the company in charge of the electronic voting system.

For now, the bloc also called on Maduro to free jailed political opponents, and on all sides to refrain from violence.

In a letter, he said that following the "unjustified arrests" of opposition leaders Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez, he would like to consider "freezing assets and imposing travel ban to the European Union to the members of the Venezuelan government including its President, Nicolas Maduro and its entourage".

The Foreign Office says there is risk of "disruption to transport links in and out of the country".

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The assembly will be granted vast powers to rewrite the nation's constitution and override every branch of the government.

At least 123 people have died since April in ongoing anti-Maduro protests.

The 545 members of the ANC were to be sworn in later in the day.

It has wide powers superseding those of the opposition-controlled legislature, the National Assembly, whose palace it was to take over from Thursday, when it starts work. Opposition leader Freddy Guevara said: 'Now is the time for action, not words'.

Pence said Wednesday in Montenegro that the United States will "hold Maduro personally responsible for the health and safety" of Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma.

Maduro has blamed the country's woes on what he calls USA imperialism and its supporters inside Venezuela.

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He continues to enjoy public backing from the Venezuela's military, though soldiers are increasingly tired of the popular backlash against their role in quelling protests.

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