The National Electoral Council, CNE, of Venezuela has decided to block the collection of signatures needed for the referendum request for revocation of the presidential mandate to Nicolas Maduro.Recently, in four states, the courts had suspended the collection of signatures, explaining that their decision was due to the alleged fraud. Opposition protests were immediate , in addition to accusing Maduro for the economic collapse of the country, the opposition has called unconstitutional the decision of the CNE.
Henrique Capriles, the main opposition leader and former presidential candidate, said that justice has issued a ban to leave the territory against him and against seven leaders of the Democratic Unity Table.
Furthermore, at the beginning of October, President Maduro announced the cancellation of all electoral events scheduled for 2016 and for 2017, arguing that now the only priority is to deal with the serious crisis that struck the country.
The campaign should have started on 27 October. It takes at least 4 million signatures, that is, the consent of 20% of the electorate to get the vote. To achieve this, at an earlier stage, it must have come out in favor of the referendum at least 1% of eligible voters. These signatures were presented but several local courts would find irregularities, so the accusation of fraud.