Venezuelan electoral authority suspends recall referendum process

Venezuela's Consejo Nacional Elecotral (CNE) on 20 October 2016 suspended the process to hold a recall referendum against President Nicolás Maduro. The CNE announced that criminal courts in Aragua, Bolívar, Apure, and Carabobo states invalidated the first round of signatures collected in support of the recall and reported fraud during the signature collection (Tal Cual). The electoral authority stated it is obeying precautionary measures issued by the state criminal courts, and therefore suspended the recall referendum process until it receives further judicial orders (Panorama). A state-by-state drive to collect signatures for the recall from 20 percent of the electorate, approximately four million voters, between 26 and 28 October has been postponed until further notice.