Mérida, 31st May 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela’s municipal elections will be held on 8 December, the National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced.
The date will coincide with the anniversary of the last public address given by Hugo Chavez before the late Venezuelan president travelled to Cuba for cancer surgery.
However CNE president Tibisay Lucena, while speaking to press last night, affirmed that the municipal election date was decided on for “technical and legal reasons”.
The CNE is still involved in activities related to the presidential election held in April, and Lucena stated that 8 December had been agreed as the “best date” for the municipals.
This is the third date the CNE has set for the municipal elections, after attempts to organise the election for May and July were delayed due to the illness and then death of late President Hugo Chavez.
In the elections the population will select 335 mayors, 2,435 municipal councilors, 69 local indigenous representatives, 2 metropolitan mayors and 20 district councils.
New voters have until 21 June to register on the electoral roll, and candidate postulations will take place from 5 to 9 August.
Lucena also reported that the CNE’s audit of ballot boxes from the 14 April presidential election, in response to the opposition’s challenging of the result, had now covered 89.39% of boxes, with just over 4,000 remaining to be audited.