Almost 7.2 million Venezuelans took half within the non-binding referendum organized by the nation’s principal opposition events, with the overwhelming majority of voters popping out in opposition to Maduro’s plan.
Venezuela is within the grip of social unrest, which has paralyzed the nation amid violent protests searching for authorities reform.
The federal government has condemned the referendum as unlawful, and has as a substitute known as for a July 30 vote to elect a particular meeting to rewrite the 1999 structure.
The referendum requested voters three yes-no questions. Greater than 98% of voters selected to reject the proposed constitutional meeting; request the army defend the present structure; and help contemporary elections earlier than Maduro’s time period ends in 2019.
Cecilia Garcia Arocha, rector of Central College of Venezuela, introduced the outcomes on the referendum headquarters in Caracas, stating that the variety of polling stations, at 2,zero30, was a lot decrease than in common elections.
Sunday’s turnout represents about 37% of Venezuela’s whole citizens, in accordance with CNN calculations based mostly on 2015 Nationwide Electoral Committee figures.
In 2013, Maduro was elected with simply over 7.5 million votes, and Henrique Capriles got here in second with 7.three million votes.
A minimum of one individual was killed within the western Caracas neighborhood of Catia and a number of other extra injured as photographs had been fired at a polling station.
The legal professional normal’s workplace stated authorities had been investigating the “irregular circumstances” of the girl’s demise, attributable to armed attackers on bikes.
Individually, the mayor of a neighboring municipality and opposition spokesperson Carlos Ocariz informed CNN that pro-government armed militias referred to as colectivos fired photographs on the referendum polling station; he stated that two folks had been killed.
Marialbert Barrios, congresswoman for the area of Catia, stated the colectivos tried “to cease the proper of a folks to precise their will for a greater nation.” After they opened fireplace, Barrios stated, a lot of the voters took cowl, “however at the least one middle-aged girl misplaced her life.”
The assault befell simply meters away from a college the place Maduro was anticipated to talk. “This reveals the federal government fears us,” Barrios informed CNN. “This reveals that Maduro is afraid of a individuals who votes in freedom.”
The federal government intimidates and restricts the media in Venezuela, taking CNN en Español off the air. The federal government tightly controls visas for international journalists together with CNN, arresting those that report from contained in the nation with out correct permits.
On the similar time, Maduro’s supporters additionally solid a poll — with the federal government staging a rehearsal of the July 30 constitutional elections.
Competing strains may very well be seen all through Caracas, with opposition and authorities accredited polling stations solely meters aside.
Within the central neighborhood of La Candelaria, voter Lysett Alvarez stated the proposed constitutional meeting can be fraudulent and unlawful, and he or she was firmly in opposition to it. “I’m right here with all my neighbors, everybody within the space got here all the way down to defend freedom, to demand for extra drugs and to ask for a Venezuela in peace. What we wish is peace!”
“This authorities should go away, right here and now. That is our final likelihood,” added voter Carlos Macia, who stated he was combating for his personal future along with many younger Venezuelans.
Because the outcomes got here in, Overseas Minister Samuel Moncada took to Twitter to declare that former Mexican President Vicente Fox had been banned from the nation for selling violence and supporting international intervention.
Fox had traveled to Venezuela on Saturday as a part of a contingent of former Latin American presidents to indicate their help for the referendum.
The opposition additionally arrange 667 polling stations in 100 totally different international locations for expats who needed to make their voices heard.