The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela has initiated proceedings against four candidates for the November 21 regional and local elections for “violating the rules” of election propaganda.
The candidates examined are David Uzcátegui, who is running for governor of Miranda because of the presence of children in his election propaganda; Luis Eduardo Martínez, candidate for governor of Aragua, for using regional symbols; Héctor Rodríguez, candidate for the re-election of the governor of Miranda, for combining the campaign with the exercise of his office; and Gustavo Duque, candidate for Mayor of Chacao, for using public funds in the election campaign.
According to the CNE, a message on the social network Twitter is also being investigated against various political parties and organizations, including the opposition Democratic Unity Table, for “using national symbols in their election campaigns”.
The panel announced that the candidates in question had already been informed of their mistakes, so that they had also decided, as a precautionary measure, to suspend their election propaganda on television.
The Venezuelan Unity Platform, the country’s main opposition bloc, will take part in the November elections, although several of its key figures, such as Juan Guaidó, warned that the elections will not be “free”.