Venezuelans register to vote ahead of highly anticipated election

(16 Apr 2024)
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ASSOCIATED PRESS – ASSOCIATED PRESS
Caracas, Venezuela – 16 April 2024
1. Various people lining up to register to vote
2. Various of people registering
3. Various of people waiting in line
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Ana María Cerra, housewife, 83 years old:
"It is really the duty of all of us Venezuelans to vote for who we really believe in. So, if there is a massive vote, I think we can make a change towards one or the other, I’m not going to mention who or anything, but I think we can only achieve change by having a massive voter turnout."
5. People lining up to register in the Electoral Registration process
6. Various of people registering in the electoral process
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Martín Pintos Armas, student, 20 years old:
"The truth is that I don’t have much faith, but I’m going to vote simply to comply because in the end, the situation of the country is not very simple to say whether or not one is going to have a legal election, safe for oneself."
8. Entrance of the main headquarters of the National Electoral Council (CNE)
9. People standing in line
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Edgar Gregorio Muñoz, merchant, 73 years old.
"There have been disappointments due to the situation that the country has currently had with the leaders that currently have the responsibility of the country, but citizens are going to have a decision in this electoral process and it is going to have a responsibility because it is about defending the sovereignty and the responsibility of the independence of the nation, despite the differences that exist between the political parties."
11. People lining up
12. People registering in the electoral process
13. Wide of the main headquarters of the National Electoral Council (CNE)

STORYLINE:
Venezuelans queued to register to vote in the upcoming highly anticipated presidential election taking taking place July 28 – the birthday of the country’s late fiery leader Hugo Chávez.

Tuesday marked the last day for Venezuelans to register.

Amid political and economic uncertainty, hundreds went to registration centers across the country to exercise their right to vote, with some registering for the first time.

"The truth is that I don’t have much faith, but I’m going to vote simply to comply because in the end, the situation of the country is not very simple," said Martin Pintos Armas, a 20 year old student, expressing his doubts about the legitimacy of the electoral process.

Meanwhile, 83-year-old Ana María Cerra stressed the importance of citizen participation to promote change.

As the elections approaches, the opposition continues to seek unity to vote President Nicolas Maduro out of office.

Many undecided voters lined up on the last day of registration despite their
uncertainty about the conduct of the elections.

Maduro, in power since 2013, will seek a new six-year term.

AP Video by Andry Rincon.

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