24 de octubre de 2016 13:17 PM
Actualizado el 24 de octubre de 2016 13:29 PM
North-western Trujillo state governor, Henry Rangel Silva, informed via Twitter on Saturday, October 22, that the state criminal court issued a ruling voiding the signature collection from 1% of the electorate for the recall referendum the Venezuelan opposition has requested to remove President Nicolás Maduro from office.
Therefore, Trujillo becomes the seventh state to halt a possible recall vote in Venezuela. Early, on Friday, a Zulia state criminal court also annulled the 1% signature collection, while courts in the states of Aragua, Bolívar, Monagas, Carabobo, and Apure (all ruled by Chavezism) issued the same decision on Thursday, Efe reported.
The National Electoral Council (CNE) decided last week to postpone the recall vote process abiding by the decisions ordered by the courts. Late this week, the opposition was to try to complete the next stage of the process: collecting the signatures of 20% of the country's registered voters in each state.