Venezuelan American Leadership Council Backs Recall Referendum with Social Media Push

Thursday 12 May (Washington DC) - The Venezuelan American Leadership Council (VALC) is announcing its solidarity with the Venezuelan opposition's push for a recall referendum on President Maduro’s position, an entirely peaceful and constitutional initiative which enjoys huge public support. 

The initial requirement to begin the referendum process, to collect 200,000 signatures was quickly eclipsed with 1.85 million signatures within days. Meanwhile, a recent poll indicated that two-thirds of Venezuelans would vote to oust Maduro in a recall referendum. However, the Maduro regime is persistently obstructing this constitutional process, indicating Maduro’s concern that he might be unseated. 

The regime-backed National Electoral Council (NEC) inexplicably took two months to hand relevant documents to the opposition to begin collecting signatures, only caving in under threat of a mass protest. Although the requisite support was secured within two days, the NEC initially refused to begin counting the signatures, claiming it must respect a 30-day deadline to collect names. Latest reports indicate that the NEC is intentionally delaying completion of the count in order to prolong and disrupt the process.

VALC, and hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan Americans, have therefore decided to throw their support behind the people of Venezuela, whose constitutional rights are once again being trampled upon.

We will be promoting the hashtag #ReferendumNow, alongside the already trending #CNERevocatorioYA and encouraging our supporters to contact their elected representatives to make their voices heard.

VALC's Executive Director Carlos Marquez is available for more information, interviews and comment.

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