CARACAS – Venezuela’s MUD opposition alliance will elect next Sept. 10 its candidates for the state gubernatorial elections scheduled for next October.
Lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez, head of the opposition faction of the National Assembly (AN) legislature, said in an interview on private TV channel Globovision that the primaries will be held in 20 of the 23 states of the country, excluding three states where the opposition reached a consensus on its candidate.
MUD, the country’s largest political platform, plans to hold its elections behind the back of the National Electoral Council (CNE), which it accuses of being at the service of the Nicolas Maduro government, the lawmaker said.
In the next few hours the opposition alliance will present the working committee that will organize the primaries.
For these elections the MUD, made up of most opposition parties in Venezuela, will include its principal members who are in prison, disqualified or with ongoing court cases that could have them removed from the campaign.
Nonetheless, the vote will take place at a time when the Nicolas Maduro government and the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) are extremely unpopular
The last election that pitted the two political platforms against each other awarded a resounding victory to the opposition, which came away with 112 of the 167 seats in the National Assembly.
The election of governors will be held at one of the most controversial times for the CNE, following the election of the new Constituent Assembly last July 30, from which the opposition abstained and consequently left it entirely made up of Maduro supporters with almost limitless powers over the country and the institutions of state.