Almost One Thousand Voting Machines Ready for Second Drill this Sunday – 6D Parliamentary Elections

This Sunday, November 15, the National Electoral Council (CNE) will carry out the second voting drill, together with the Republic Plan led by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB). They are tasked with protecting the process that will be carried out in 341 authorized voting centers all over Venezuela, as part of the path to the elections of the National Assembly (AN) scheduled for December 6 (6D). The objective of this second event is to familiarize the population with the COVID-19 biosafety protocols, and the electoral machines that will be activated in the elections, which have a unique data transmission network that has been audited by experts and rated as safe.

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Likewise, the voters will have an advance opportunity to learn about the software that shortens the time to vote, integrated batteries that allow electrical independence in their functions, and tools to assist people with a disability.

To carry out this second drill after the successful convocation of the first event on October 25, the CNE has again taken the necessary biosecurity measures to take care of those who participate in the activity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the main norms are the mandatory and correct use of the mask and social distancing.

More than 900 machines installed
The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Indira Alfonzo, reported this Saturday that 900 voting machines are already installed for the second voting drill scheduled for this Sunday, November 15. “From the CNE we can certify that the logistical and technological operations are 100% guaranteed and installed, and that the more than 900 voting machines in the 341 voting centers are already setup nationwide,” she said.

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She remarked that each voting center will open its doors at 8:00 in the morning. The closing time is scheduled for 3:00 in the afternoon. She called on Venezuelans to attend en masse so that they know the technological solution, and can appreciate the proposals of the candidates of more than 90% of the organizations with political purposes in the country.

She recalled that all the biosecurity elements are implemented outside the voting centers and in the horseshoes themselves to guarantee the health care of the voters, with the protocols established by the Venezuelan State in the fight against COVID-19. “Everyone come tomorrow to your polling place to participate,” urged Alfonzo.

On December 6, 144 deputies to the National Assembly (AN) will be elected by proportional system (52%) and 133 deputies by nominal system (48%). This new system was requested by opposition parties before the Supreme Court of Justice to achieve a more plural and representative National Assembly.



Featured image: File photo.

(Alba Ciudad)

Translation: OT/JRE/SL

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