The first Venezuelan voters Sunday morning to the polling stations drawn to cast their vote in the presidential elections. That will most likely have a second term to yield for president Nicolás Maduro.
The polling started at 6 a.m. local time, and will to 18 hours local time close. The candidates are the sitting president Nicolás Maduro, oppositiekandidaat Henri Falcón, the evangelical pastor Javier Bertucci and the renegade socialist Reinaldo Developed.
About 20.5 million people may vote, but many analysts expect a low turnout because the oppositiecoalitie MUD calling for a boycott. They see the elections as a sham, the sole purpose of justifying a continuation of Maduro’s rule.
Also, the United States, the European Union and fourteen Latin-American countries consider the elections as undemocratic.
Venezuela, that about thirty years ago to the richest countries of Latin America belonged, is now in the failed states counted. It has larger oil reserves than Saudi Arabia and still lives today, eight out of ten Venezuelans below the poverty line.