Venezuela Crisis : Deadly clashes continue, Maduro and Opposition claim victory

Earlier on Sunday, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, dismissed the vote as a "sham election" and a "step towards dictatorship"

The election has been heavily criticised by other Latin American countries, European Union and US

Venezuelan President Nicolas Mduro’s snap election for forming controversial new assembly to re-write the constitution, which the opposition views as a power grab to undermine democracy, has been marked by violent protest leaving at least 10 persons dead so far including an opposition youth leader, a pro-government candidate and a soldier.

President Maduro says rephrasing constitution is the only way to restore peace after months of political stalemate between the govt and opposition controlled Assembly.

As voting progressed on Sunday, anti govt protesters took to streets despite a govt ban.

Meanwhile, in the largely uncontested election where Maduro is set to claim resounding victory, the electoral authorities said more than eight million people voted to create a constitutional assembly endowing the President’s ruling party with virtually unlimited powers.

Members of the opposition said they believed between two million and three million people voted and one well-respected independent analysis put the number at 3.6 million.

Across the capital, Venezuelans had appeared to be staying away from the polls in a show of protest against the election.

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro’s snap election for forming controversial new assembly to re-write the constitution, which the opposition views as a power grab to become dictator, has been marked by violent protest leaving at least 10 persons dead so far including an opposition youth leader, a pro-government candidate and a soldier.

President Maduro says rephrasing constitution is the only way to restore peace after months of political stalemate between the govt and opposition controlled Assembly.

As voting progressed on Sunday, anti govt protesters took to streets despite a govt ban.

Meanwhile, in the largely uncontested election where Maduro is set to claim resounding victory, the electoral authorities said more than eight million people voted to create a constitutional assembly endowing the President’s ruling party with virtually unlimited powers.

Members of the opposition said they believed between two million and three million people voted and one well-respected independent analysis put the number at 3.6 million.

Across the capital, Vemezuelans had appeared to be staying away from the polls in a show of protest against the election.

On Monday, after announcement of huge turnout at polls, Maduro appeared on national television saying “The people have delivered the constitutional assembly. “More than 8 million in the middle of threats … it’s when imperialism challenges us that we prove ourselves worthy of the blood of the liberators that runs through the veins of men, women, children and young people.”

Earlier on Sunday, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, dismissed the vote as a “sham election” and a “step towards dictatorship”