On May 20, 2018, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela held Presidential, Municipal and State Legislative elections. By far the biggest result was the reelection of President Nicolás Maduro for a new term (2019-2025) with over 6,192,000 votes or almost 68% of all valid votes. The Venezuelan Electoral Council reported participation at 46%.
Twenty four times in twenty years Venezuelans have used ballots and elections to legitimize its new constitution, authorities and public policies. No other country in the world can claim this level of democratic participation and no national or international entity has proven that Venezuelan electoral authorities or the party in government has rigged or stolen any of these twenty-four elections. In fact, Eugenio Chicas, a spokesperson for an international group of observers affirmed that: “… criticism against the electoral process is based on political and not on technical grounds.”