nezuelan migrants who have been driven out of their homeland by a crippling economic crisis, have little faith in Sunday's presidential election. For these migrants, it does not represent an opportunity for change as President Nikolas Maduro is widely expected to win in what critics believe will be a rigged election.
Reuters correspondent, Brian Elsworth is at the border of San Antonio del Tachira near Columbia where some 50,000 Venezuelans leave and return the same day.>> This is the nightly closing of the border. We have a group of people who are leaving. These are emigrates, people who've stamped their passports.
Many of them have waited the entire day in the plaza of this town to get their passports stamped. In the other direction, we have people coming back, people who've gone across to Colombia, who have been selling merchandise, buying merchandise. Many of them work across the border. At this hour of the day, the border closes.
So whoever is on the other side of the border has to run back across.>> As an extra security measure, this border will remain closed on election day. But some migrants Reuters spoke to say, they don't care about being back in Venezuela to vote on Sunday.>> All these people who woke up here, who couldn't get their passport stamped, are here escaping to Ecuador, to Chile, to be able to work to send any little things to their families.
Nowadays, you can't get anything because of the corruption of this wretched President we have here. Maduro who insists the election is free and fair, has warned migrants they would face difficult circumstances abroad. Even recently mocking migrants for taking jobs like cleaning toilets in foreign countries.