21N Regional Elections in Venezuela Held in Peace and with High Turnout

Caracas, November 21, 2021 (OrinocoTribune.com)—This Sunday, November 21, Venezuela held its election number 29 in 22 year of the Bolivarian Revolution. Besides some ordinary delays in the opening of some electoral centers, some voting machine issues and only one violent  incident in Zulia state (border with Colombia), most Venezuelans consider the electoral day in very positive terms.

Orinoco Tribune team toured Caracas in the afternoon and noted a higher turnout, higher than the ones registered since 2017, besides the fact that traditionally most Venezuelans prefer to go to vote in the early morning. “If you ask me to make a forecast,” said Orinoco Tribune editor Jesús Rodríguez Espinoza, “something that is not easy to do if you do not have a wider picture, I would say that it might be between 45% and 50%.”

It is important to highlight the turnout in recent regional elections to have a better understanding of the turnout in today’s elections in Venezuela. In 2017 regional elections the turnout was 61.14%, in 2012 it was 53%, in 2008 65.45% and in 2004 it was 58.31%.

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Apart from the improvement in turnout in comparison with recent elections, most of the right-wing parties that boycotted the last elections decided to participate in this one, not due to their democratic spirit but fearing the risk to losing political grounds to new right-wing forces, according to some analysts. The general overview of the Orinoco Tribune team was that today’s election was a democratic process that went through in peace and with a very well organized and fast voting mechanism.

Something that drew the attention of Orinoco Tribune’s team was that the voting centers in the east of Caracas, an area traditionally supportive of right-wing parties, had more voters in line in comparison to the voting centers we visited in the center of Caracas.

In the tour we visited 10 voting centers, approximately from 2:00pm until 5:00pm, and in 9 of them we were able to record videos outside the voting center. Only in one of them the security did not allow us to record videos. Our team had not requested media credentials, something that was suggested to us by some people who witnessed our problem to record videos at that center. In future, for relevant events, we would consider to apply for media credentials in order to do our journalistic work more efficiently.

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Our team visited San José de Tarbes School and Caracas High School in El Paraiso (central Caracas), Centro Venezolano Americano in Las Mercedes (east Caracas), Conindustria in Chuao (east Caracas), Luis Beltrán Prieto School in Montecristo (east Caracas), Centro de Mejoramiento Profesional del Magisterio in Los Ruices (east Caracas), Instituto Universitario de Nuevas Profesiones in Los Dos Caminos (east Caracas), Santa Gema School in Santa Eduvigis (east Caracas), Gustavo Herrera High School in Chacao (east Caracas), and Venezuela Experimental School in Avenida México (central Caracas).

At the moment of closing this note most Venezuelans were still waiting for the first preliminary report to be issued by the National Electoral Council (CNE) that usually waits until the winning statistical tendency is clear before making any announcement that might be reverted. It is important to highlight here that in the last regional elections held in 2017, five states were won by the political anti-Chavismo, the states being Anzoátegui, Mérida, Nueva Esparta, Táchira and Zulia.

 

Featured image: Venezuelans waiting to vote in Conindustria, a voting center in Chuao (east Caracas) in the afternoon of November 21, the day of the regional and municipal elections of Venezuela. Photo by Orinoco Tribune.

Special for Orinoco Tribune by Jesús Rodríguez Espinoza

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Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza
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Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza is an expert in international relations, Venezuelan politics and communication. He served for several years as Consul General of Venezuela in Chicago (United States) and prior to that he was part of the foundational editorial team of the website Aporrea.org. He is the founder and editor of the Venezuelan progressive website Orinoco Tribune.