1. What does the electoral process consist of?
Consist of a group of actions and activities which, in accordance with the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Organic Law of the Electoral Branch, the Organic Law on Electoral Process, and other electoral regulations are undertaken by the Electoral Branch – along with political organizations and voters – with the purpose of holding elections for elected office and referenda. The Electoral Branch is made up of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and its sub-agencies.
2. Which positions will be voted for outside of Venezuela?
Venezuelans residing abroad can vote for Venezuela’s representative to the Latin American Parliament, including a representative of indigenous groups. On the ballot, the voter can cast either a party-line vote or a nominal vote, the latter of which corresponds to the indigenous representatives.
3. How many positions will be chosen outside of Venezuela?
Twelve representatives for the Latin American Parliament will be up for election, along with their respective alternates.
4. What is a party-line vote?
It’s the option that can be chosen on the ballot to cast votes in accordance with a particular political party or organization. Candidates are groups by political party or organization.
5. What is a nominal vote?
It’s the option that can be chosen on the ballot to cast votes in accordance with the name of the individual running for that position.
6. Which are the representatives of the Latin American Parliament?
They are the representatives chosen through popular vote to represent Venezuela in the Latin American Parliament. The vote is universal, direct and secret. (Art. 188 CRBV, 191 LOPRE, Art. 5.2 Estatuto Parlamento Latinoamericano).
7. What is the Latin American Parliament?
It is a regional, permanent and unicameral organization. It is made up of the representatives of the legislative branches of the countries of Latin America, elected democratically through universal suffrage by the countries party to the “Treaty of Institutionalization,” signed on November 16, 1987 in Lima, Peru. The national delegations to the parliament will be composed of a maximum of 12 members. (Art. 1, 5, 6, 7,14 Estatuto Parlamento Latinoamericano).
8. Who has the right to vote in these elections?
All Venezuelans above the age of 18, registered in the Voter Registry, not subject to any civil prohibition or political disqualification, or whose national identity card has not been disqualified or nullified by the relevant government identification agency will be able to vote. (Art. 64 CRBV, Art. 41 LOPRE).
9. What are the requirements to vote?
Venezuelan nationality, 18 years of age, registration in the Voter Registry (and appear in the corresponding voter rolls), and a national identification card (cedula), whether expired or valid (Reglamento nº 4 de la Ley Orgánica de Procesos Electorales en Materia de los Actos de Instalación, Constitución, Votación, Escrutinio y Auditoría).
10. What resources does a voter have to inform themselves on where they’re supposed to vote?
The CNE’s website, where a voter can enter their national identification card number to see where they are registered to vote.
11. Who can exercise the right to vote outside of Venezuela?
All voters registered in the Voter Registry, including officials and employees of embassies, consulates and commercial offices. (Art. 124 LOPRE).
12. Is it obligatory to be registered in the Voter Registry to participate in the elections?
Yes. It is mandatory. (Art. 27, 29, 41 LOPRE).
13. How can one verify if they are registered in the Voter Registry?
All voters are given a confirmation document after registering to vote. Additionally, they can verify their voting status and location on the CNE’s website . by entering their national identification card number.
14. What is the schedule of voting on September 26, 2010?
Polling stations will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m., but will remain open while voters are waiting to cast ballots. (Art. 121 LOPRE).
15. Who is the president of the polling station?
The highest-ranking official at the diplomatic mission or consulate where more than 10 voters are registered is the president of the polling station and will designate a secretary and two main members from amongst the active officials or employees of that mission or consulate. These individuals will conform the polling station with exception of those cases where for lack of qualified officials or employees the polling stations will be staffed through a lottery amongst those voters registered at that location.
For more information, consult the CNE’s website