The Venezuelan civil association Súmate reported this Thursday that the legal deadline for the Regional and Municipal Boards to publish the final result of the regional and local elections in the state of Barinas expired yesterday., homeland of the late President Hugo Chávez, disputed by the ruling party and the opposition by a narrow margin of votes.
Upon expiration of the deadline set in the process schedule established by the governing body of the elections, now it is up to the National Electoral Board to assume the role and announce the final results, according to the NGO.
“AYer expired the term of the Regional and Municipal Boards to publish ‘Final Results Bulletin’ of the elections of the governor of Barinas and several mayors, according to article 365 of the Organic Law of Electoral Processes (Lopre). Today the National Electoral Board must assume this function, according to article 367 of the Regulation of the Law ”, indicated Súmate in his Twitter account.
Article 365 of the Lopre establishes that once the voting is finished, the Electoral Boards will have a period of 48 hours to carry out the totalization process and issue the final bulletin. The National Electoral Board may extend this period for a further 24 hours, for technical reasons or due to the existence of a number of missing acts that could “affect the final result.”
What’s more, Article 367 of the Regulations indicates that the National Electoral Board may totalize, adjudicate and proclaim, when this term expires, if there is any danger in the totalization process or that it is impossible to do so or when the automated voting system is not used..
The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Pedro Calzadilla, presented on Sunday night the first bulletin where he said that the Chavista and candidate for the Governor of Barinas, Argenis Chávez, -Hugo Chávez’s brother- had an advantage over the candidate of the Democratic Unity Table (MUD), Freddy Superlano, with only 673 votes, with 90.2% counted.
However, the next day, when offering a second bulletin, Calzadilla did not mention Barinas and to date it has not been announced which of the two is the governor-elect in the entity.
The other results of the elections have already been uploaded to the CNE website, except for the Governor’s Office of Chávez’s home state and the Arismendi municipality, from that same region.
Superlano has stated on various occasions, in recent days, that the voting records “show” that he is the winner of the Governor’s Office of that Governor’s Office and has demanded that the CNE disclose the final results.
In that case, Superlano would be the first opponent to govern Barinas in the last 22 years.
On the other hand, on Thursday, the Venezuelan opponent Julio Borges demanded that the CNE publish the results of Sunday’s elections in Barinas.
“The people of Barinas demand that the electoral results of last Sunday be published and that their will be respected”, Wrote on Twitter, Borges, appointed by Guaidó commissioner for Foreign Relations.
“The world and the EU mission must remain vigilant in the face of the regime’s claim to commit fraud against citizens”He warned.
With information from EFE