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Venezuela Brings Regional Elections Forward to October


The polls had been scheduled to take place on December 10.

Venezuela's newly-elected National Constituent Assembly, ANC, has brought forward the regional elections by two months.

The polls, which had been scheduled to take place on December 10, will now be held in October following unanimous approval by the ANC.

The second vice president of the body, Isaias Rodriguez, said the process for the election of governors and state governors, will take place "within the framework of the electoral program already announced by the electoral power."

ANC Constituent Tania Diaz explained that bringing the regional elections forward is a mandate of the people and added, "The recent elections to choose the members of the ANC represents a popular victory and a defeat of the violent actions promoted in the last four months by the right, which has triggered more than 100 fatalities."

Another member of the ANC, Melvin Maldonado recalled that in 18 years of the Bolivarian Revolution, there have been 21 elections, which "shows the strength of our National Electoral Council, and it also shows the democratic nature and electoral power in our country." 

The president of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, Tibisay Lucena, said the submission of nominations for the regional elections will start on Sunday August 13 and close the following day.
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