Opponents demand extension of deadlines for collecting signatures for referendum against Maduro

Promoters of the referendum to impeach Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, On Monday, they demanded an extension of the deadline for collecting the 4.2 million signatures required to activate the mechanism. After the electoral authority imposed conditions that made this not feasible.

“Today we have officially submitted a document that allows us to challenge or request a review of the entire electoral calendar; We are against the set electoral timetable.”Niemer Evans, a member of the Venezuelan Reconquista (Motor) told reporters as he left the National Electoral Council.

Last Friday, the National Electoral Council announced the collection of signatures to activate the withdrawal of -20% from each state’s electoral register- It will be held next Wednesday within 12 hours in 1200 centers. Analysts, opponents, and even members of the entity itself have pointed out that it is not feasible to carry out the operation under these conditions.

“Not even the president of the university Tania Diamilio (close to Chavismo) can explain to us what is the procedure for receiving people, they do not know whether it is their four fingerprints, they do not know whether it is a signature or not, They don’t know if they have to take some time to be able to record the ID card details”Evans noted after meeting with part of the board.

“They themselves do not know today, at this time, how the people are received so that they can receive the order”, he completed.

The move, which still does not have the explicit support of the largest opposition partiesYou expect a response to your request “as soon as possible” and before Wednesday. However, CNE announced on the networks that, for now, it is continuing with the proposed schedule.

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Venezuela’s ruling United Socialist Party has said it will request the final list of people requesting Maduro’s abolition.

“If any person has the right to request that person’s invalidation, Whoever is the subject of this request has the right to know who he is., the strong Chavista leader Diosdado Cabello, Vice President of the United Socialist Party, indicated at a press conference.

The constitution states that Any official elected by popular vote can be removed from office by impeachment, once half of its term is completed.

The only successful call-up was faced by the late Hugo Chavez in 2004 and overcame him with a landslide victory. That year, Chavismo released a list that was used by the government, according to the complaints, to purge public companies.

The Venezuelan opposition attempted in 2016 to activate an impeachment referendum against Maduro, but the process was blocked by the National Electoral Council and the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ). After the alleged “fraud” in the evaluation model set.

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