Canada Canada bans Venezuela expat voters from casting ballots

08:40  17 may  2018
08:40  17 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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The law barring Canadian citizens who have lived abroad for more than five years from casting ballots "The last government made a hasty decision to limit the rights of expat voters and reinterpret the Two expats in the U.S. are also waiting to see if the Supreme Court of Canada will hear their

Canadians who have lived abroad for more than five years are essentially banned from casting a ballot right now. They cannot receive a special mail-in ballot , and although they can technically come to Canada vote in person, they have a near impossible task of proving residency here.

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro seeks a second term in Sunday's election, which Canada, the U.S. and others reject as illegitimate. © Ariana Cubillos/Associated Press Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro seeks a second term in Sunday's election, which Canada, the U.S. and others reject as illegitimate.

Venezuela says Canada is blocking its citizens living there from voting in the South American nation's weekend presidential election.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday called Canada's decision hostile and urged the government to reconsider.

President Nicolas Maduro seeks a second term in Sunday's election, which Canada, the U.S. and others reject as illegitimate.

Arreaza says Canada won't allow voting to take place inside the Venezuelan Embassy and consulates.

Canadian officials confirmed their decision to The Associated Press.

They say Maduro is to blame for failing to allow his people to freely express their democratic rights, such as banning the leading opposition parties from participating.

The officials say Venezuela also missed a deadline for asking to

open the polling places.

Officials say more than 5,000 Venezuelans live in Canada.

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