Millions of Venezuelans filled polling stations this Sunday, despite the boycott of the extreme right and international pressures. Photo: AVN

CARACAS, Venezuela.- The First Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Venezuelan people, who continued to queue to exercise their right to vote in the late hours of this Sunday, July 30.

Speaking during a press conference at the headquarters of the Zamora 200 Constitutional Campaign Command, which was broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), Diosdado noted that the waves of citizens who came out to vote for the more than 500 members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) were undefeated and victorious.

“A popular victory, victory of the homeland, an exemplary victory,” the Chavista leader stated, defining the day as “a beautiful demonstration of love.”

He stressed that despite all attempts at sabotaging the electoral process, and the acts of violence called for by opposition leaders to prevent the people from voting, the day had been a lesson for the country and for the world.

Diosdado spoke of revolutionary solidarity and the popular pride evident in this impressive demonstration of democracy, a seed sown by Chávez. He also emphasized that anyone unable to appreciate what has been experienced in the land of Bolívar would make the historic mistake of underestimating the people.

“Today we feel victorious,” Diosdado stressed, while inviting all citizens of the country to contribute to the ANC.

At around midnight on Sunday, the President of the National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena, offered some results of the day of voting. According to the official, more than eight million Venezuelans went to the polls, equivalent to 41.53% of registered voters.

Lucena described the popular participation as “massive” and added that in a certain sense, the electoral council was surprised by the turnout, given the conditions under which the process was held, with the threats and boycott of the extreme right.

“The balance is very positive, because peace won. When peace wins, Venezuela wins,” she remarked.