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Venezuelan nationals living in Ireland queued to cast their ballots at a centre in Tallaght in Dublin yesterday.
Venezuela "sent a clear message to the national executive and the world," announced the president of the Central University of Venezuela, Cecilia Garcia Arocha, noting that 6,492,381 voted in the country and 693,789 abroad.
Armed men on motorbikes killed a woman and wounded three people in Caracas yesterday when they fired on people voting.
The attack in the working class neighborhood of Catia was being investigated, the public ministry said in a statement.
Delegates and volunteers, many dressed in white, manned tents and tables at about 14,300 polling stations nationwide.
Authorities have refused to green light a vote that has been presented as an act of civil disobedience and supporters of Mr Maduro boycotted it.
The vote is not binding because it lacks the backing of the National Electoral Council.
But voters seemed set to reject the president's controversial plan for a separate referendum in two weeks to elect a citizens' body to revise the constitution.
The opposition has told its supporters to stay away from the Maduro-backed vote on 30 July.
Opposition leaders such as Henrique Capriles were expecting 11 million people to participate in the vote, which was intended to increase pressure to remove Mr Maduro from power before his term ends in January 2019.
The rival votes have given rise to international worries - voiced by the Catholic Church and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres - that the chances of bringing both sides together for dialogue have become more remote.
That in turn is stoking fears of more protests and running street battles with police. Clashes have cost the lives of nearly 100 people since the beginning of April.
Mr Maduro portrayed the vote as merely an "internal consultation by the opposition parties" with no electoral legitimacy.
But he also urged Venezuelans to "participate peacefully".