PRESS RELEASE:-Elections for representatives of the National Constituent Assembly are expected to be held in mid-July.
Venezuela’s National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena announced Tuesday that the country will hold elections for state governors and regional parliaments on Dec. 10, 2017.
Lucena also announced plans to hold an extraordinary CNE session Thursday to approve the schedules of the regional elections. She added that elections for representatives of the National Constituent Assembly are expected to be held in mid-July.
“In this way the political forces will be able to mobilize their militants and contribute to peace,” Lucena said, adding that Venezuela wants to overcome violence in the streets as soon as possible.
The president of the CNE assured that “the majority of the country disagrees with violent formulas for political action.”
Earlier this month, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed that there will be presidential elections in 2018 as ordered by the law.
Maduro’s confirmation debunked claims made by the opposition that his call for a constituent assembly signals the country’s transition into a “dictatorship.” The decision is in accordance with article 347 of the Bolivarian Constitution, which allows for the convening of a national constituent assembly with the purpose of “transforming the state.”
The process is intended to facilitate a dialogue with the opposition and broad sectors of society with the goal of easing the ongoing political tensions.
A part of the opposition has rejected the call, which would lead to a new constitution, saying it’s a way to avoid elections. Seventeen political parties, however, have accepted the proposal.
“The cruelty of violence has no place in our future,” Lucena said.
“We will forever exterminate the death and desolation of our country.”
The presidential election will be held at the end of 2018.