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Weekly Report - 25 November 2021 (WR-21-47)

VENEZUELA: PSUV tightens its grip in regional elections

The regional and municipal elections held in Venezuela on 21 November marked the first vote since 2017 that was not boycotted by the political opposition. In an election cycle that was conducted under the supervision of a European Union electoral observation mission (EU-EOM), there was hope in some quarters that a diminished opposition could regain some momentum. It was not to be – the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV) won the governorships of 20 of Venezuela’s 23 states. Whilst the EU-EOM cited a number of “irregularities” in the electoral process, it noted that the vote was an improvement on the previous three elections. Opposition disunity and voter apathy may have been the key factors in the PSUV’s victory.                             

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