Current Venezuelan president, President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday's election, despite a deepening economic crisis which has resulted in food scarcity and soaring inflation as oil production in the once wealthy nation drops.
In recent years, more than a million Venezuelans have left their country in search of higher living standards abroad, while those who remain stand in long queues for hours to buy subsidised food and withdraw cash that's almost impossible to find.
While polls show Venezuelans blaming Maduro for their mounting crisis he is still surprisingly expected to win thanks to a boycott of the election by his main rivals expressing huge distrust of the nation's electoral council, which is controlled by government loyalists.
Maduro ended his campaign on Thursday May 17th, dancing on stage before a cheering crowd in Caracas while blaming Venezuela's increasingly dire outlook on a US orchestrated "economic war."
"I extend my hands to all Venezuelans so that we can move forward together with love and take back our homeland," said Maduro, the hand-picked successor to the late President Hugo Chavez, who launched Venezuela's leftist revolution. "I have seen the future of Venezuela and a historic victory awaits us."
Maduro's main rival, independent candidate Henri Falcon, is facing the challenge of running against a powerful rival while attempting to convince sceptical Venezuelans to defy the boycott called for by the main opposition coalition.