Polls suggest opposition could win more than half of 23 gubernatorial elections amid claims government is trying to subvert vote

Venezuelans are casting their votes in gubernatorial elections expected to be a gauge of support for a fractured opposition and of President Nicolás Maduro’s grip on power in a country crippled by severe economic and political crises.

Polls suggest opposition candidates could win more than half of the 23 governor seats, but Maduro critics claim that government-friendly electoral officials have twisted voting procedures to favour official candidates.

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