Venezuela: the Constituent Assembly must hold its inaugural meeting, the opposition calls for protest
Constituent Assembly The 545 members of the Constituent Assembly elected on Sunday July 30th are expected to start their work on Friday in a context of great tension.
Suspicion of fraud
The election of the constituents, tainted by violence that killed 10 people, provokes the ire of the opposition, which denounces fraud in the electoral process. She called for new protests Friday in Caracas to keep up the pressure.
According to the authorities, more than eight million voters, or 41.5% of the electorate, participated in the election of the members of the Constituent Assembly. That is a figure higher than the 7.6 million votes cast by the opposition on 16 July, in a referendum against the draft Constituent Assembly. Each side contests the other’s numbers.
The revelations of SmartMatic , the British company responsible for the voting operations in Venezuela, which accuses the authorities of having “manipulated” the participation rate, have revived the controversy. The President of the Electoral Authority (CNE) Tibisay Lucena and President Maduro have rejected these accusations.
The Venezuelan prosecutor’s office, headed by dissident prosecutor Luisa Ortega, tried Thursday to slow down the establishment of this Constituent Assembly : he asked the court to cancel the inaugural meeting the following day. However, the prosecution’s initiative is unlikely to succeed, its previous decisions having all been neutralized by the Supreme Court (TSJ), accused by the opposition of being ruling in power.