Venezuela presidential election pushed back to May
Officials loyal to Maduro recently approved an early presidential election for April 22, drawing broad condemnation from the United States and several of Venezuela's Latin American neighbors who said the conditions for a fair election are lacking.
It said the proposal to postpone the presidential poll had been agreed by the government and the opposition candidate Henri Falcon.
The CNE's chairman, Tibisay Lucena, said the agreement of both sides demonstrated the fact "that our leaders and respresentatives are elected with the broadest constitutional and democratic guarantees."
The main opposition coalition, the MUD -- which is boycotting the election -- has long criticised the CNE as a government tool.