Venezuela’s second national referendum on April 5 was marred by irregularities and voter intimidation, leading to the suspension of the vote.

The vote was held under strict secrecy, and voters had to sign a form that said they were not participating in an official referendum.

Maduro has repeatedly threatened to shut down the vote, which will be called again on May 14. 

Opposition supporters protest against Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, April 10, 2020.

Venezuela’s opposition supporters have been protesting in Caracaac, a city in the southern province of Miranda, against Maduro for months, calling for the election to be cancelled.

They say the electoral commission has failed to deliver a free and fair vote, and that Maduro’s party, the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV), has cheated. 

Venezuela’s presidential election is due to be held on May 22. 

The Venezuelan government has accused opposition leaders of sabotaging the vote by organizing the referendum with foreign companies. 

In December 2016, Maduro banned the participation of foreign firms in the election, but the government allowed them to participate.

Maduro says foreign firms are “spying” on Venezuelans by spreading disinformation. Reuters