National Electoral Council (CNE) president Tibisay Lucena said 4,800 candidates had already registered for December’s municipal elections announced last week.
And there were already 15 hopefuls for the Zulia state by-election prompted by governor-elect Juan Pablo Guanipa’s refusal to be sworn in before the National Constituent Assembly that the opposition Mud coalition has boycotted.
Mr Guanipa’s hard-line Justice First (PJ) party was angered when four governors from Mud ally Democratic Action (AD) dropped their objections and were sworn in.
But on Monday, AD leader Henry Ramos told reporters his party would not put up candidates in an election in which the schedule was “absolutely improvised.”
PJ held a separate press conference where MP Tomas Guanipa said any member who stood in the elections would be expelled from the party.