CARACAS – The Venezuelan opposition said on Thursday it was rescheduling the march against the National Constituent Assembly that was elected over the weekend.
The MUD opposition alliance said in a Twitter post that the march was being moved forward a day to Friday.
The decision to change the date for the protest was made after President Nicolas Maduro announced that the assembly’s 545 members would begin the work of rewriting the constitution on Friday instead of Thursday.
The National Constituent Assembly is to hold its sessions in the same building where the opposition-controlled National Assembly meets.
Bolivarian National Guard troops took control on Wednesday of the National Assembly building.
The National Assembly does not recognize the new body, whose election on Sunday has been tainted by allegations that the vote tally was manipulated by officials.
Venezuelan authorities had put the election turnout at around 8.1 million, but Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica challenged the numbers in a press conference in London.
“We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated,” Murgica said, adding that the company estimates that the figures were tweaked by at least 1 million votes and that an inquiry would provide exact details.
Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Luis Almagro called the results fraudulent.
“This confirms the largest electoral fraud in the history of Latin America in percentage and millions of voters,” Almagro said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.
First lady Cilia Flores, a member of the new assembly, has called on the people to accompany the delegates into the Legislative Palace on Friday.