Parliamentary Elections: 87 Political Parties Authorized to Run and New Parliamentary Seats Agreed Upon

The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Indira Alfonzo, announced that for the upcoming parliamentary elections to be held in Venezuela during this year 2020, 277 deputies will now be chosen resulting in an increase of 110 new parliamentary seats.

The 66% increase in the number of seats was explained as aiming at reaching a balance between the nominal vote (of those running with their own names being independent or belonging to political parties) and the list vote (those candidates running in lists proposed by political parties).

52% of the new PMs will come from the nominal vote and 48% will be the result of the list vote.

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Alfonzo read a statement from the CNE headquarters in Caracas, in which she explained that the “Special rules for the parliamentary elections – term 2021-2026” were approved this Tuesday, June 30, as well as the authorization of 87 political organizations to be registered for the elections.

CNE’s board declared itself in permanent session, facing the celebration of the elections of the Legislative Power, as agreed in the Table of National Dialogue between the government and the Venezuelan opposition.

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87 organizations with political affiliations were authorized to participate in the upcoming 2020 Parliamentary elections after evaluating their administrative and legal status, and eliminating any bureaucratic and unnecessary restriction that might limit the right to vote, as announced in the press release.

Out of the 87 political organizations authorized to run, 28 are national political parties, 6 are indigenous peoples and community organizations and 52 are regional political parties.

The 87 electoral districts, she stressed, will be the same as in the 2015 elections.

Featured image: A Venezuelan voting machine being tested ahead of the country’s 2018 election. Photo: AFP

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Hatem Abudayyeh

Hatem Abudayyeh has been with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) since 1999, and was appointed Executive Director in 2003. The son of Palestinian immigrants who themselves were leaders in Chicago’s Arab community, Hatem was born in Chicago and coached varsity basketball and baseball as an administrative assistant at Mather High School before joining AAAN. He was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European, and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CAAAELII) in 2006, is a founding Advisory Board member of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), and sits on the National Coordinating Committee of the United States Palestine Community Network (USPCN).

Hatem Abudayyeh

Hatem Abudayyeh has been with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) since 1999, and was appointed Executive Director in 2003. The son of Palestinian immigrants who themselves were leaders in Chicago’s Arab community, Hatem was born in Chicago and coached varsity basketball and baseball as an administrative assistant at Mather High School before joining AAAN. He was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European, and Latino Immigrants of Illinois (CAAAELII) in 2006, is a founding Advisory Board member of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), and sits on the National Coordinating Committee of the United States Palestine Community Network (USPCN).