Venezuelans have approved the referendum on the disputed territory with Guyana.

The vote on the issue took place on Sunday on December 3rd, was called by the Government of President Nicolas Maduro, to claim sovereignty over the oil- and mineral-rich area of Guyana’s Essequibo County.

It remains unclear how Venezuela’s President will enforce the results of the vote. But Guyana considers the referendum a step toward annexation, and the vote has its residents on edge.

The National Electoral Council claimed to have counted more than 10.5 million votes even though few voters could be seen at polling sites throughout the voting period for the five-question referendum, Loop News reports.

The council, however, did not explain whether the number of votes was equivalent to each voter or if it was the sum of each individual answer.

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