President Nicolas Maduro accused Freddy Guevara of being part of an alleged plot in which one of Venezuela's biggest criminal gangs is allegedly in charge of generating violence to destabilise and assassinate the government.
The mayoral and gubernatorial elections will be the first overseen by the new council, named earlier this month, which includes three members linked to President Nicolas Maduro's ruling Socialist Party and two members close to the opposition.
Venezuela's armed forces have engaged in clashes with Colombian armed groups in the western border state of Apure since March 21, displacing thousands of civilians towards Colombia.
A confrontation between Venezuela's military with an armed group in the southwestern Venezuelan state of Apure near the frontier with Colombia resulted in several casualties, said the mayor of Arauquita, Etelivar Torres.
Venezuela's move comes after EU foreign ministers agreed to sanction 19 Venezuelan officials a day earlier.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the step, citing in particular Cuba’s continued harbouring of US fugitives as well as its support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
Guaido boycotted the December 6 polls, losing the limited institutional legitimacy he had and leaving foreign governments backing his claim to the presidency in a difficult position.
Electoral board president says 67.6 percent of 5.2 million votes cast in Sunday's election were for pro-Maduro candidates with only 31 percent voter turnout.
An opposition coalition led by US-backed politician Juan Guaido is boycotting the vote and will hold a referendum over several days after the election.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido urges military leadership to join a "unity pact" of opposition forces to block the holding of December 6 legislative elections in a bid to pressurise President Nicolas Maduro.
President Nicolas Maduro also pardoned dozens of lawmakers of opposition leader Juan Guaido who have been accused of conspiring against his government, as the country heads toward parliamentary elections scheduled for December.
A judge in London has said the British government had "unequivocally recognised" opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's president, in a battle over gold bullion held at the Bank of England.
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