Venezuelans head to the polls for the fourth time in less that 1 year, this time, to elect the new president for the 2019-2025 term.
The vote takes places amid unprecedented pressure against the South American nation, including sanctions from the U.S. and E.U. which look to exacerbate the economic downturn faced by the OPEC member state since the steep drop in oil prices in 2014.
The country has also seen violent, opposition protests that looked to capitalize on the difficulties faced by Venezuelans, including rolling shortages and erratic pricing of goods and medicines, amid the factors that officials say constitute an 'economic war' against the country.
Some sectors of the country's political opposition have participated in Unasur facilitated dialogues, but did not sign a much-anticipated agreement.
teleSUR looks at the issues surrounding this elections, as well as the process and history of what some consider to be the most secure electoral system in the region, if not the world.
There are at least four other candidates contesting for the presidential spot.
Reinaldo Quijada is being supported by the '89' Popular Political Unity.
Evangelical pastor Javier Bertucci, the leader of the Maranatha Pentecostal Church, is running as an independent on a vow to “bring Jesus” to Venezuela.
Luis Alejandro Ratti is also an evangelical pastor, but prior to that he was a leader of a group called the Hugo Chavez Bolivarian Front.