Venezuela's electoral council: Local elections will be held on May 26
Candidates' registration will be carried out from February 15-22
The Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) announced on Thursday that the election of 335 mayors and municipal councils, in addition to two mayoralties in Caracas metropolitan area and their respective chambers will be held next May 26.
On March 29, 2012, the CNE's head, Tibisay Lucena, announced that the presidential and the gubernatorial elections would be held on October 7 and December 16, respectively. Likewise, Lucena commented that local elections may be carried out on April 14, 2013. Nonetheless, in default of a formal call, that is not technically possible.
The CNE's head remarked that although the final electoral schedule has not been drafted, expected to be announced late in January 2013, the body has already established some important dates.
Lucena also informed that the presentation of the candidates shall be made in every Municipal Board on February 15-22, 2013 whereas the electoral campaign will be held from April 25 through May 24.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.