Electoral board won’t set date for next stage of recall referendum

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) confirms that opposition petitions had been signed by 1% of voters in every state, fulfilling the first major step towards holding a referendum on President Maduro’s leadership. However, the CNE did not name a date for the next phase, which requires the collection of 20% of signatures and requested a probe into claims of identity fraud in signatures not approved.

The opposition says that with no date set for the next phase of the referendum, it will resume marches and protests. Leaders from the MUD opposition say that Maduro supporterspunched and kicked anti-government protesters in Los Teques, a suburb of the capital Caracas. 

The top CNE official, Tania D'Amelio accuses the opposition of false expectations, spreading “lies” and “continuing to sow hatred among the people.”