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Turnout in Venezuelan local election hits 58.92%

President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Tibisay Lucena announced that ruling the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) got 196 out of 335 mayoralties, while opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) won 53

"Out of 355 municipalities, there is an irreversible trend in 257," Lucena noted
EL UNIVERSAL
Sunday December 08, 2013  11:05 PM
President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Tibisay Lucena announced late on Sunday that turnout in the municipal vote hit 58.92%, based on 97.52% of the ballots.

"Out of 355 municipalities, there is an irreversible trend in 257," Lucena noted. She said that the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) gained 196 out of 335 mayoralties, while the opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) won 53.

Nationwide, the PSUV obtained 4,584,477 votes (44.16%); MUD, 4,252,082 ballots (40.96), the Communist Party of Venezuela, 167,049 votes (1.6%) and other political parties got 1,376,056 ballots (13.26%).

Breaking down the votes based on political alliances, pro-government parties won most mayoralties, with 5,111,636 ballots (49.24%). However, the opposition alliance MUD, with  4,435,097 votes (42.72%), won the mayoralties in the largest towns in Venezuela, namely, Maracaibo (Zulia state), Valencia (Carabobo state), Iribarren (Lara state), San Cristóbal (Táchira state), and Barinas (Barinas state), the latter is the hometown of late president Hugo Chávez.

In Caracas, Venezuela's capital, the opposition alliance MUD candidates won the Caracas Metropolitan Mayoralty, as well as the mayor's offices in the municipalities of Baruta, Chacao, El Hatillo, and Sucre. Meanwhile, PSUV's Jorge Rodríguez was reelected as mayor of the Libertador municipality.
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