Delcy Rodriguez, the President of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, said the calls for an abstention in the country's presidential election were defeated Sunday.
Highlighting the turnout figure of 46.1 percent published by the National Electoral Council (CNE) Rodriguez said: "This is the answer of a people who want to live peacefully.”
With 92.6 percent of the votes counted, Maduro had 5.8 million votes, with his closest rival, former governor Henri Falcón getting 1.8 million votes, according to CNE President Tibisay Lucena who added that in total, 8.6 million Venezuelans voted, out of an electorate of 20.5 million people.
#VenezuelaDecides | @NicolasMaduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes, the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced Sunday night.#VenezuelaVota pic.twitter.com/ZHjWdtEl1O— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) May 21, 2018
"As president of the National Constituent Assembly, I’m very pleased with the civic behavior of the Venezuelan people. They have rejected extremist elements, violent elements, and those who have impinged against the constitutional order," Rodriguez during a press conference.
She added: "The Venezuelan people have been demonstrating in the right way, peacefully, the path of democratic coexistence, by exercising their right to vote. So the extremist elements, those who promoted abstentionism, were defeated. However, I can say, as the president has said, that we’re not going to stop chasing all the possible avenues for dialogue, so they can finally understand the Venezuelan reality. So that they stop their incoherent and ignorant portrayal of our people."
Maduro’s main competitor Henri Falcon, who had promised to change Venezuela’s currency, Falcon said he wouldn't recognize the results, claiming that they were "illegitimate." He blamed abstentionist sectors of the opposition for his loss and called for new elections to be called for October.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, former Spanish Prime Minister and also an international observer, gave positive feedback about the presidential elections.
"I do not have any doubt about the voting process. It is an advanced automatic voting system. I come here to keep the peace, coordinate and promote dialogue to improve the democratic mechanism here. What I need to do here is to see whether people can cast their ballots at their own discretion. Now we all see how people vote, don't we?" he said.