Venezuelans will be able to begin registering as candidates to the Legislative Councils of their respective states for the upcoming election on May 20.
In accordance with the electoral timetable, the first phase of the process is the online registration of candidates, which will run until Wednesday, Mar. 14.
After completing the online registration, candidates will have between Mar. 15 and 16 to take their registration form generated by the online system of the National Electoral Council, or CNE, to their regional state boards to officially formalize their candidacy.
Prospective candidates must be a Venezuelan citizen by birth or naturalization who has resided in the South American country for at least 15 years. They must also be over 21 years of age and have resided in the district they are campaigning for four consecutive years.
Applicants need a photocopy of the state identity card, proof of registration in the Electoral Registry and details of a government program.
On Monday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reiterated that the country's electoral process offers top guarantees to voters. He noted that the voting system is 100 percent automated and auditable.
“Venezuela's electoral system and its guarantees are in the 21st century,” said the South American head of state.
Another safeguard in Venezuelan elections is the use of fingerprinting, which prevents a person from voting twice. In addition, the voter can see on the printed ballot that her or his vote corresponds to their selection.