“These elections were accompanied by 9,139,564 voters,” announced Sandra Oblitas, vice president of the National Electoral Council.
Candidates for Venezuela’s Socialist Party took 23 of 24 state capitals as well as the governorship for the state of Zulia, election authorities announced, as they released partial results in Sunday’s municipal election.
“These elections were accompanied by 9,139,564 voters,” announced Sandra Oblitas, vice president of the National Electoral Council, or CNE, amounting to 47.32 percent voter turn out.
CNE officials presented partial results for the capitals of the 23 states as well as Caracas, with candidates for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) taking all but the top mayor position in Tachira state.
Omar Prieto of the PSUV also won the governorship for the state of Zulia, leaving the PSUV in all but four of the country’s 23 states. The post in the key state was vacated after the opposition politician who won the Oct. 15 regional elections refused to be sworn in by the Constituent Assembly.
Earlier in the day, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro lauded the participation.
“There is an extraordinary electoral participation,” Maduro said Sunday. “I want to thank the people of Venezuela who have come to the voting centers to exercise their right to vote.”
Maduro stressed that “certified, reliable and audited results of the 335 municipalities in the country” would be given Sunday night.