Maduro claims landslide win in Venezuela state elections

Venezuela: Maduro's popularity increases, opposition expected to make gains in regional elections

Venezuela: Maduro's popularity increases, opposition expected to make gains in regional elections

In 1998, Venezuela issued 10 commemorative stamps in honor of the 50th anniversary of Israel's founding.

"We have to vote", opposition leader Henrique Capriles told supporters.

The vote comes against the backdrop of an International Monetary Fund report, in which it sees no end to the economic downturn and suffering of the population.

"Honestly, I don't know what to think with what will happen", Manuel, a singer in Caracas, told Al Jazeera.

But the government denies this was the case. "But every time they have a new trick under the sleeve".

International guests praised the electoral process for its transparency.

President Nicolas Maduro's government won a landslide victory in closely watched regional elections in Venezuela yesterday, according to official results that the opposition said were "suspicious".

In August, voting software company Smartmatic accused the electoral council of manipulating voter turnout by more than 1 million people in a vote for delegates to a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly. "This election has allowed us to consolidate the peace and to defend (our) sovereignty".

The government is aware that the world will be watching.

Meanwhile, Felix Velasquez, an adviser for the National Constituent Assembly, has speculated that the government will win thirteen state governorships in the upcoming elections and that abstention will be high.

The country's voting system has a number of safeguards in place to ensure results aren't manipulated and the opposition hasn't yet provided any evidence.

"The military was protecting it and now, out of the blue, they shut it down and moved it somewhere else".

Results are not expected until late Sunday or early Monday.

But there is also another issue.

Capriles and his supporters say that those attributions belong to the opposition-controlled Congress, even though the government has stopped acknowledging it a long time ago. "They never acknowledged Maduro", a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela told Al Jazeera.

The truth is that nobody here seems willing to negotiate.

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