The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela declared this Thursday “without place” future requests to launch a referendum to remove Nicolás Maduro from the position of president, after on Wednesday they did not receive the necessary signatures to activate the consultation in a day that the promoters described as “buffoonery”.
“The CNE declares without place a new request for a recall referendum against the mandate of the President of the Republic Nicolás Maduro, as established in article 72 of the Constitution”, said the rector of the entity Tania D’Amelio in a statement without questions.
Said article states that “during the period for which the civil servant was elected no more than one request for the revocation of his mandate may be made”.
Therefore, new recalls cannot be promoted until the end of Maduro’s mandate, in 2025.
In this regard, the rector of the CNE reported that, yesterday, received 42,421 applications, sanctioned with the signature of the citizens, with which the established requirement was not met, 20% of the electoral roll in each state.
This Wednesday, a day was held to collect the necessary signatures (corresponding to 20% of the electorate in each state) to launch the referendum to remove Maduro from the position of president, as announced last Friday by the CNE.
The collection of signatures, for which the CNE set 12 hours, began at 06:00 local time (10:00 GTM) and ended at 18:00 (22:00 GTM) this Wednesday.
Due to those conditions promoters have called “slapstick” and have considered “impossible” to comply, the organizers opted for do not call Venezuelans to the day of collecting signatures, despite which, some citizens attended.