50% Turnout In Venezuela Vote On Guyana Border: Official
Muhammad Irfan Published December 04, 2023 | 11:43 PM
More than half of eligible Venezuelan voters had taken part in a referendum that yielded overwhelming support for laying claim to an oil-rich border region administered by neighbour Guyana, officials in Caracas said Monday
Caracas, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Dec, 2023) More than half of eligible Venezuelan voters had taken part in a referendum that yielded overwhelming support for laying claim to an oil-rich border region administered by neighbour Guyana, officials in Caracas said Monday.
Guyana, a former British and Dutch colony, insists the frontiers were determined by an arbitration panel in 1899.
- 'Overwhelming victory' -
The initial voter tally was met with suspicion by opposition politicians and analysts, who said it appeared voters' responses to each of five questions on the referendum may have been counted as separate ballots cast.
Low voter turnout was observed at polling stations in Caracas and other cities, further raising doubts.
Maduro has hailed an "overwhelming victory."
"We have taken the first steps of a new historic stage in the struggle for what belongs to us, to recover what the liberators left us," he said.
Guyana had asked the ICJ to block the referendum.
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