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Venezuela New Electoral Board Might Draw Opposition to the Polls

  • Board includes 2 opposition members for first time since 2004
  • Assembly named a new electoral council ahead of regional vote
Enrique Marquez
Enrique MarquezPhotographer: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images
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Venezuela’s congress approved a new electoral board Tuesday including two of President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents, a move that could persuade sectors of the opposition to participate in this year’s regional elections and beyond.

Enrique Marquez, a harsh critic of Maduro’s policies and former vice president of the National Assembly, as well as Roberto Picon, long-time opposition electoral adviser who was jailed for six months in 2017 under accusations of treason, were approved by the government-controlled National Assembly from a list of 103 candidates for the the CNE, as the electoral board is known.