Venezuela, the government COPEI party comfortably won the nationwide municipal elections held on Sunday (3 June) with fifty percent of the votes.
Venezuela, the government COPEI party comfortably won the nationwide municipal elections held on Sunday (3 June) with fifty percent of the votes. The main opposition, the Democratic Action coalition, gained thirty-five percent of the poll.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first time in Venezuela's democratic history that local voting had been separately from a general election.
Security was tight at the polling stations when they opened in the capital, Caracas, on Sunday, put no serious incidents were reported and voting was peaceful. When votes were counted at the close of the polls in the evening, there were few surprises.
The government Christian Democrats and their COPEI party weren't seriously threatened by the two other, less conservative, parties contesting the elections. COPEI has been attacked for allegedly failing to tackle the country's social problems, but most of the voters stayed faithful to the government.
It was a welcome victory for the Venezuelan President, Dr. Luis Herrera Campins --but there were some notable wins for the Left. Yvonne Attas, a journalist and actress standing for the Social Democrats under the Democratic Action Party banner, gained a seat. The third group in the elections, a coalition of leftist parties, won fifteen percent of the votes. Municipal councils in Venezuela are responsible for water supplies and public transport.