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Venezuela expects 70 percent turnout for May elections

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (File Photo)

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (File Photo)

Caracas, March 26 (RHC)-- A poll released Monday says that if Venezuela’s upcoming elections were held now the voter turn out would be 70 percent.

Venezuela will vote for a new president, legislature and municipal leaders on May 20.

Of those surveyed by Hinterlaces survey organization, 67 percent of Venezuelans agree that new presidential elections should be held in two months, and 77 percent of citizens are against opposition parties attempt to boycott the presidential polls.

Respondents agreed that the main opposition party - United Democratic Roundtable (MUD) - is trying to discredit the presidential opposition candidate Henri Falcon for his decision to run in the upcoming elections. The right-wing party is abstaining from sending in a candidate claiming the government is not providing the minimum standards to guarantee a free and fair election.

Meanwhile, President Nicolas Maduro is ensuring the validity of May 20 elections by employing the latest voter technology and is asking the United Nations to send observers to increase international legitimacy and transparency.

Falcon, who was kicked out of MUD for running in the elections called by Maduro last month, is backed by the opposition coalition - Advanced Progressives, Movement to Socialism and the Committee of Independent Political Electoral Organizations.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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