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Venezuela: Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Election Results

  • Venezuela's Supreme Court.

    Venezuela's Supreme Court. | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 June 2018

The challenge was presented by Henri Falcon, who got 22 percent of votes in the May 20 presidential election.

The electoral chamber of Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a challenge presented by former presidential candidate Henri Falcon against the result of the May 20 election was inadmissible citing a lack of evidence to support his legal team's claims.

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In a statement, released after the judgment, the court said: "The applicant did not comply with the provisions of Article 180 of the Organic Law of the Supreme Court of Justice, norm applicable by express remission of Article 214 of the Organic Law of Electoral Processes, because it does not do the narration of the facts in relation to the intended purpose."

Adding that Falcon: "Did not provide any evidence that would allow (the court) to deduce the alleged fraud in the electoral process had taken place or to give a clear vision of the alleged claim, as such the appeal filed was considered inadmissible."

Falcon's legal representatives had argued that Nicolás Maduro and his representatives offered cash incentives to voters, referring to the social programs that provide low-income Venezuelans with essential goods and cash transfers to cope with rising inflation.

The former candidate also denounced the use of state media by Nicolas Maduro’s campaign and accused the government of “pressure and coercion” against opposition monitors.  

In the last presidential election, incumbent Nicolas Maduro was re-elected with 68 percent of the vote, while Falcon got 22 percent. At least 150 international observers accompanied the May 20 electoral process and attested to the transparency and smoothness of the process.

Via Twitter Falcon accused the court of deepening Venezuela's political crisis. “You keep closing the door to a peaceful, electoral solution,” he said. 

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