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Carlos Ocariz, the opposition candidate for governor of Miranda state, yells out “Let’s go!” as he walks hand-in-hand with his stepdaughter to a polling station, Caracas, Venezuela, Oct. 15, 2017 (AP photo by Fernando Llano).

Will Venezuela’s Latest Fraudulent Election Spur the European Union to Act?

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

After months of delays, polling booths finally opened in Venezuela last Sunday for gubernatorial elections in each of the country’s 23 states. Accusations of fraud have already marred the results, as candidates backed by President Nicolas Maduro and his regime won an overwhelming majority of seats despite poor polling numbers that pointed to an opposition victory.

Candidates with the opposition coalition have demanded an electoral audit in every state, citing cases of voter intimidation, repeat ballots and nonfunctioning polling booths. The opposition’s failure to turn the tide on the regional level looks like a major political loss, but the situation may have greater international consequences. Such transparently fraudulent elections have raised the possibility of more international economic sanctions on Caracas in response. ...

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