Two Mayoral By-Elections to be Held in Venezuela Following Arrests

After two opposition mayors were arrested and found guilty of crimes related to the violent barricades, their vacant positions will now be contested on 25 May, the National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced.

By Tamara Pearson
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Vicencio Scarano (left) and Daniel Ceballos (right) were arrested for disobeying a High Court order (archive)
Vicencio Scarano (left) and Daniel Ceballos (right) were arrested for disobeying a High Court order (archive)

Merida, 10th April 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – After two opposition mayors were arrested and found guilty of crimes related to the violent barricades, their vacant positions will now be contested on 25 May, the National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced.

Yesterday, CNE president Tibisay Lucena announced the schedule for the elections in San Diego, Carabobo state, and San Cristobal, Tachira state.

An audit of the electoral register will be conducted on 21 of April, and electoral campaigning will be allowed between 14 and 23 of May.

Postulations can be made between 22 and 23 April.

Vicencio Scarano, ex mayor of San Diego, and Daniel Ceballos, ex mayor of San Cristobal, were found guilty last month of disobeying a High Court order to remove barricades in their jurisdiction, for ceasing to fulfil their mayoral duties, and for instigating violence. They were sentenced to 10 months and 15 days, and 12 months respectively.

Scarano and Ceballos were elected in national wide mayoral elections last December.