Venezuelan National Assembly elections are underway as several people have been killed and reported missing as a result of deadly rains slamming the capital ahead of the vote.
William Martinez, the chief of the Caracas Fire Department, said in a statement on the state television channel VTV on Saturday that six people have been declared missing. The rains reportedly killed seven people in the capital as well.
All 165 National Assembly seats are up for grabs at Sunday's election. About 17.5 million registered voters will elect a new National Assembly.
The opposition is seeking to prevent President Hugo Chavez from maintaining a two-thirds majority which is needed to pass new laws without negotiations.
Chavez's political party has promised voters that it will continue the president's socialist policies which have improved education and healthcare in the nation.
The government has dispatched 250,000 observers to ensure that over 12,000 polling centers around the country follow electoral protocols.