Electoral Council approves request for possible referendum to revoke Maduro's mandate

O ditador da Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, no Palácio Federal Legislativo em Caracas, 15 de janeiro

The dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas, 15 of January| Photo: EFE/ Miguel Gutiérrez

The National Electoral Council (CNE) ) of Venezuela said this Monday that it had approved three requests to start the procedure for a possible recall referendum on the mandate of dictator Nicolás Maduro.

“The CNE approved this Monday three requests to start the procedure for a possible activation of a referendum to revoke the mandate of the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro”, said the entity on its Twitter account.

Likewise, it highlighted that the Approved requests were promoted by the Venezuelan Movement for Repeal (Mover), Todos Unidos by Referendum Revocation and the National Executive Committee of the Confedejunta together with the Committee on National and International Democracy.

18102609″The groups declare their intention to become promoters of a request for activation of the recall referendum, which is the first step in accordance with the provisions of the regulation that regulates the promotion and request for a recall referendum of popular electoral mandates”, explained the CNE.

18102609 The electoral body added that the eventual activation of this process will require that 24% of those registered in the country’s voter registration express their will, ratified with their signatures, as established in the article 72 of the Constitution.

“Declared this Monday the origin of the requests, the National Electoral Board must now prepare a calendar for the collection of these wills”, completed the entity.

Hours earlier, Mover spokesman Nelson Chitty La Roche defended the activation of the referendum to remove Maduro from office.

“We want a referendum revocation (…) par for there to be social peace, for there to be institutional trust and for there to be hope for the future on the part of Venezuelans,” Chitty La Roche told reporters at CNE headquarters.

18102609Maduro declared victories in the presidential elections held in May 18102609 , which was not recognized by much of the international community, and took office for his second term (2019-2025) before the extinct National Constituent Assembly on the day 24 of the same month, but also did it again in 10 of January 2019 before the Supreme Court of Justice, which responds to the their orders, and not before the national Parliament, as required by law.

18102609 The Venezuelan Magna Carta establishes that the president must take the oath on the day of January of the year in which and begins his term, but before parliament.

Maduro did not comment before the parliament due to an alleged “contempt” by the Legislature to the TSJ.