The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela has for the second time extended the deadline for the submission of candidacies for the parliamentary elections of December 6, in which most of the opposition members do not participate because they see it as an instrument of chavismo regain full control over the Obtain National Assembly.
A few hours before the deadline, the President of the CNE, Indira Alfonzo, confirmed in statements to the state network VTV that the parties will now have until September 4th to register. Alfonzo justified the measure “in order to guarantee the broadest participation and the greatest political plurality” at the next elections.
The electoral body has ruled out that this extension could affect other deadlines in the pre-voting calendar in which the 277 members of the National Assembly will be elected for the next five years (2021-2026).
The majority opposition, led by the current Speaker of Parliament Juan Guaidó, has called for a boycott of the elections. Guaidó has spoken out in favor of a unity pact, claiming that “disagreement only benefits the dictatorship” and criticizes those who campaign for participation in the elections.