|Venezuela's official election results: Overwhelmingly red.|
It strains credulity, particularly since the electoral authorities also announced a high turnout of 61% of voters for a regional election.
And fraud wouldn't be unprecedented. After July elections for members of a Constitutional Assembly, which was boycotted by the opposition, the company which supplied the voting machines called the government's turn-out numbers inflated. The assembly was widely denounced as illegitimate. Venezuela is notoriously corrupt.
Caracas Chronicles, a pro-opposition website, speculated that opposition voters lost enthusiasm and did not turn out. But does it make sense that pro-government voters would turn out in big numbers when store shelves are bare of toilet paper, medicines and basic food stufs?
Perhaps information will leak out and reveal what really happened. Until then, Venezuela's crisis is only likely to worsen.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours