- Title: Venezuelans vote in election drill ahead of November polls
- Date: 10th October 2021
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (OCTOBER 10, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WEARING FACE MASKS QUEUING TO ENTER A POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ENTERING POLLING STATIONS VARIOUS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE LOOKING FOR THEIR NAMES ON LISTS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RETIRED TEACHER, GERMAN MORENO, SAYING: "The drill is very simple, it's easy to do it. It's not complicated. I think we have to enforce our right to vote because that strengthens democracy in Venezuela." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WAITING TO VOTE IN DRILL BUSINESSMAN, JOSE CASTRO, PLACING BALLOT IN BALLOT BOX (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BUSINESSMAN, JOSE CASTRO, SAYING: "It's the same system as always, we're used to it. There are elections in Venezuela every year, we know the system so well we don't need training because it's very simple. It's very very basic." PEOPLE AT POLLING STATION PERSON PLACING BALLOT IN BALLOT BOX (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POLLING STATION COORDINATOR, YETSIRE VEGA, SAYING: "We have three available tables for anyone who wants to participate in the drill. Besides that we have biosecurity measures. The CEOFAN (Army's strategic command) is safekeeping the polling station's security and so far everything is working perfectly." VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS OUTSIDE POLLING STATION VARIOUS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE PLACING VOTES IN BALLOT BOXES PEOPLE WALKING
- Embargoed: 24th October 2021 17:30
- Keywords: Nicolas Maduro Venezuela drill elections
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: South America / Central America,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001EYKQV5Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Venezuelans took part in an election drill on Sunday (October 10) to prepare for regional elections planned for November 21.
The National Electoral Council (CNE) organized the drill, which also included automated systems, to allow voters to familiarize themselves with the tools used in the polls.
Polls opened at 07:00 local (12:00 GMT) and are expected to close at 16:00 local (20:00 GMT), with 446 polling stations taking part in the drill and 1,386 'electoral tables', or groups of citizens who coordinate the polling stations.
"The drill is very simple, it's easy to do it. It's not complicated. I think we have to enforce our right to vote because that strengthens democracy in Venezuela," retired teacher German Moreno told Reuters after attending to the polls.
The November regional vote, which includes elections for 335 municipal governments, poses little threat to Maduro's control of the country. He has hung on to power despite a breathtaking collapse of the country's economy as well as a broad U.S. sanctions program meant to force him from power.
In all 23 states plus the capital Caracas, at least two candidates calling themselves opposition leaders are expected to run against Socialist Party - strengthening the hand of Maduro's allies.
The opposition needs to at least maintain the four governorships it currently has to renew faith in the ballot box as a means of confronting Maduro, said political analysts.
Failing to win any state houses, in contrast, would leave the opposition weakened and allow Maduro to continuing consolidating power.
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