Nearly 100 opposition candidates have registered to participate, Venezuelan government official Jorge Rodriguez confirmed Monday. The Democratic Action and Justice First parties have registered candidates in 22 states while the Popular Will party has registered candidates in 14 states.
Smaller opposition parties have also launched candidacies in a handful of states.
Rodriguez signaled that their participation could be the first step to peace, calling it “a sign that they will take up, for the first time in an honest way, the democratic cause.”
He did, however, question the registration of right-wing leaders Freddy Guevara and Enrique Mendoza, both of whom instigated violent attacks throughout Venezuela and aggression against the democratically-elected government.
He added that the opposition “can not be so dishonest to murder people and a month later say we are going to register candidates.”
Rodriguez went on to say that in light of the opposition’s willingness to participate, the registered sectors ought to sign a document declaring their recognition of the electoral results.