CNE points to lower turnout compared with presidential election
Socorro Hernández, a director of Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE), views the trend as characteristic in local elections
To the mind of Socorro Hernández, a director of Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE), voters' turnout has been lower than that in the past presidential election. She noted though that such is the customary trend in every local election.
In the presidential election held last October 7, she spelled out, 82% of voters showed up to cast their ballots. As for the election of Sunday, December 16, Hernández claimed that it is too early to draw a conclusion.
Hernández avowed some delays in establishing the polling stations, expecting to overcome them by midday.
A total of 17 million Venezuelans have been encouraged to vote this time. The Election Day is slated to last until 6:00 p.m. or as long as there are voters standing in the queues.
Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.