Venezuela’s Election Faces Seemingly Insurmountable Obstacles

By Tamara Taraciuk Broner

Maduro’s regime is impeding international observation and the right to vote, complicating an already uncertain electoral landscape.

Venezuelans are eager to vote in the July 28 presidential election. While most lack the time or energy to take to the streets and protest the country’s ongoing crisis, reliable polls indicate that they will mobilize to vote—and will vote for change. Not surprisingly, this scares those in power, prompting efforts to tighten control over both the electoral process and its outcome. In May, the National Electoral Council revoked an invitation to the European Union to send an electoral observation mission. A few days later, Colombia’s Foreign Minister Luis Gilberto Murillo announced that...

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