Plan República vouches the operation of 78% of polling stations
The chief of the Operational Strategic Command, Wilmer Barrientos, noted that so far the election is on track
Wilmer Barrientos, chief of the Operational Strategic Command, reported on Sunday that 78% of the polling stations arranged throughout Venezuela to elect state governors and deputies to legislative councils are in good working order.
"The process is on track," except for some isolated events, he remarked.
Barrientos downplayed the claims of attack on Zulia state governor Pablo Pérez. "It is just a road accident as it usually happens anywhere else in the country," the official said in reference to a car that crashed into the garage of the governor's residency in the early hours of Sunday.
The high-ranking officer is responsible for Plan República, a deployment of military troops to balloting centers and voters.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.