CARACAS – Venezuela’s opposition MUD alliance will set up 977 polling places in 19 of the country’s states for the primary elections to be held Sept. 10 with an eye toward selecting candidates to run in the regional elections next month.
“We will have elections in ... 977 polling places in these 19 states, a total of 3,110 precincts. They are equipped for voting in these upcoming elections, (and) 14,835,864 registered voters are invited to participate,” said the head of the primaries committee, Francisco Castro, said at a press conference.
The primaries will be held in just 19 states, not 21 as previously announced, because in the states of Vargas and Carabobo a consensus was reached among the potential candidates.
“The ... voting registries” and other documentation have already been distributed “to all states,” he added.
Castro also said that the MUD Web page will be updated “in the next few hours” so that citizens “may ... know at which polling place they may exercise their right to vote in the primaries.”
He said that MUD has already agreed on “the security mechanisms so that the election may occur in peace” and the alliance hopes that “no violent activity will be promoted by the government” of Nicolas Maduro.
Lastly, Castro issued a call to the National Electoral Council to announce the exact date of the regional elections, adding that the primaries are designed to exert pressure for that to be done.
These elections will be held at a time when MUD has been criticized by its supporters, but also during a time of great unpopularity for the Maduro government and the governing PSUV party.