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  • Some 2,000 officials have been dispatched to ensure transparency in the voting process.

    Some 2,000 officials have been dispatched to ensure transparency in the voting process. | Photo: @telesurenglish

Published 15 October 2017

The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the vote was successful and had been conducted in a peaceful, exemplary way.

Polls have closed in Venezuela's regional elections.

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Ballots have been cast for 23 governors at 13,559 polling stations nationwide.

About 18 million people are eligible to vote.

The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the polls have been successful and were conducted in a peaceful, exemplary way.

"There has not been a single incident, electoral process in peace, perfect," said Maduro, during a speech from the presidential palace in Caracas.

This is the second election held this year in the South American country — the first was held on July 30 to elect members of the National Constituent Assembly.

Many see it as a litmus test for nationwide political sentiment, as the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela faces off against several opposition parties.

Some 2,000 officials have been dispatched to ensure transparency in the voting process and oversee any irregularities. They have been joined by at least 70 international observers.

Venezuela's National Electoral Council relocated 274 voting stations in areas that had been affected by an outbreak of violence earlier this year when over 100 people lost their lives.

The Vice President Tareck El Aissami, who voted in the state of Aragua, said the process is the most dignified response to interventionism.

"We are ratifying once again the democratic vocation of the people," he said.

"It is not the United States that determines the fate of Venezuela, but the people. We came to seal our commitment to the Constitution."

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