The acting president Nicolas Maduro urged the National Electoral Council (CNE) to call for presidential elections on next April 14 to meet the provisions of the Venezuelan Constitution.
According to the president of the CNE, Tibisay Lucena, the election campaign will be held from April 2 to April 11 and candidacies may be submitted from today at 8:00 am (local time) until 14:30 tomorrow. In addition, candidates will have 4 minutes to campaign on television and 5 minutes for radio.
Maduro, appointed by Chavez as his successor, will participate in the election against a single candidate from the opposition, as was announced at a press conference by the General Secretary of the Unity Bureau, Ramon Guillermo Aveledo.
Aveledo revealed that the opposition candidacy will be offered to the Miranda state governor, Henrique Capriles, who was a presidential candidate in the past elections of October 7.
On the proposal, Capriles said through his Twitter account: “I’m analyzing the statement of the president of the CNE and in the coming hours I will speak to the country about my decision.”
Polls made so far report that on behalf of the Venezuelan people’s emotional vote, Maduro has a comfortable lead before any candidate.