From Telesur English:
People lined up from long before dawn to cast their ballot.
“Voters are casting their ballots in Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly elections. Polling stations opened at 6 a.m. local time, following a bugle wake-up call and fireworks.
Almost 20 million Venezuelans are registered to vote for 545 members of the Assembly. The president of the country’s National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena, said the electoral system is “one of the safest, most reliable and transparent in the world.”
The process is fingerprint-based and automated.
Lucena said the election is being audited by local and international entities, and that her organization will ensure and protect the Venezuelan people’s right to vote, despite recent threats by the opposition to disrupt the proceedings.
People can cast their ballots at any polling center in the municipality where they are registered.
On Saturday, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro stressed the importance of the vote.
Maduro said, “This is the most important election in the Venezuelan political system because we are electing the sovereign constituent body, the body that is above all others, the maximum political authority.”
He also reiterated his offer of peace talks with the opposition.
But some of the government’s opponents have urged a boycott of the elections.
Two of their leaders, Leopoldo Lopez and Henrique Capriles, are calling for a march against the vote in the capital Caracas to coincide with polling day.”
OTOH: ‘Vote or lose your home: Venezuela’s ‘illegal’ election, Stuart Ramsay describes the extraordinary lengths to which the Venezuelan government is going to try and legitimise the election.’, news.sky.com
‘CNN is in Venezuela: Latest updates from the ground’, CNN.com
“Shooting death of candidate probed
Heh. ‘CNN AND PSYOPS’, by Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch March 26, 2000
Venezuela Votes for National Constituent Assembly: Live Updates
And for Spanish-speakers, one of the opposition’s twitter accounts: Unidad Venezuela on twitter