The national electoral council (CNE) came under fire during the campaign for failing to preserve a level playing field, turning a blind eye to the government’s misuse of public funds to support the campaign of the ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), unequal access to the media and so on, but the CNE has established a deserved reputation for efficiency in verifying and counting votes. There was no electoral fraud. Indeed, the MUD won its two-thirds ‘supermajority’ in the 167-seat national assembly right on the button, with 112 deputies, the bare minimum required.

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