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.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.