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Election Watch


Venezuela (Presidential)
COUNTRY ELECTION TYPE DATE
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Presidential July 30, 2000
At stake in this election:
  • Office of president of the Republic of Venezuela
Description of government structure:
  • Venezuela has a unicameral National Assembly currently consisting of 21 members.
  • *Note: The 21-member congress is an interim legislature put in place after the constitution passed by referendum in December 1999 dissolved the previous bicameral parliament.
Description of electoral system:
  • The president is directly elected by popular vote for a six-year term.
  • Members of the National Assembly will be elected by a mixed system with 60% being elected by simple majority vote in single member constituencies and 40% elected by closed party-lists with proportional representation in multi-member constituencies. All members will be elected to five-year terms.
Results of the election for president:
  • Presidential Candidate: Hugo CHAVEZ
    Party: Movement for the Fifth Republic (MVR)
    Votes Cast: 3,757,773
    Percentage of Votes Cast: 56.93%

  • Presidential Candidate: Francisco ARIAS Cardenas
    Party: Independent Candidate
    Votes Cast: 2,359,459
    Percentage of Votes Cast: 35.75%

  • Presidential Candidate: Claudio FERMIN
    Party: National Encounter (EN)
    Votes Cast: 171, 346
    Percentage of Votes Cast: 2.60%

When was the last presidential election?
  • Presidential elections last held: December 6, 1998
  • President Hugo Chavez received 56.20% of the vote, defeating Henrique Salas, his closest competitor with 39.97% of the vote.
Population and number of registered voters:
  • Population: 24,169,807 (June 2000 est.)
  • Number of registered voters: 11,795,440
Of Interest:
  • The July 30, 2000 elections were originally scheduled for May 28, 2000, but were postponed due to technical problems.
  • The new constitution, passed by referendum in December 1999, dissolved the existing bicameral Parliament to form a unicameral National Assembly which also held elections on July 30, 2000.
  • The constitution also extended the presidential term from five to six years which would potentially allow Chavez to be in power for another twelve years.
  • The new constitution also granted the right to vote to approximately 90,000 military personnel previously barred from voting.
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ELECTION SYSTEMS (IFES)
For additional information: IFES ElectionGuide Online









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