Venezuela starts closing polling stations in regional elections

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Following regional and municipal elections in Venezuela, polling booths began shutting on Sunday, according to the country's main electoral office, with no indication of when results will be available.

“As established by law, voting tables have started the process of closing,” the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) said in a message on Twitter.

Defense minister General Vladimir Padrino said voting centers were being closed “except in those where voters remain.”

General Vladimir Padrino, the defense minister, said voting centers were being closed "except in those where voters remain."

One guy was killed and two others were injured in a "irregular scenario" in San Francisco, Venezuela's north-eastern Zulia state, according to the Interior and Justice Ministry.

According to a military assessment seen by Reuters, the incident, which featured guns, occurred after lunchtime near a voting location in San Francisco.

With 21 million Venezuelans registered to vote, citizens cast ballots for over 3,000 state governors, mayors, and city councils across the South American country.

After boycotting presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018 and 2020, opposition politicians returned to the electoral fray in these elections.

The 14,000 polling sites around Venezuela were scheduled to open at 6:00 a.m. local time (1000 GMT), however due to late voting authorities, several did not open until midday.

Publish : 2021-11-22 08:08:00

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