Seventy international and 1,240 national observers are auditing more than 13,559 polling stations set up throughout Venezuela’s 23 states to oversee the country’s gubernatorial elections.
In addition, around 260,000 military members are present at and around polling stations to ensure voting transparency and civility.
Nicanor Moscoso, president of the Latin American Council of Electoral Experts, CEELA, told reporters that the Venezuelan system recently processed 12 voting system audits, in which nearly all of Venezuela’s 16 political parties participated. Moscoso reiterated that CEELA feels "satisfied" and "confident" that today’s elections will be "absolutely transparent" and that election results will accurately reflect citizens' votes.
More than 18 million Venezuelans are eligible to vote for the 220 candidates running in the election. Only 17,000 people, or 0.01 percent of the Venezuelan population, are ineligible to cast a ballot. This low number is not expected to affect the overall governorship results.
Venezuela's National Electoral Council announced early this morning that 203 polling stations will be closed in areas where violent opposition protests took place in April and June, in response to the possibility of threats against voters that occurred during the Constituent Assembly elections in July.
All polling stations are set to close at 6 p.m. local time barring a line of voters. International electoral oversight organizations have long hailed Venezuela’s voting system as being one of the most transparent and fail-safe developed to prevent voter fraud or irregularities.