The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) reported that all troubles in polling centers have been promptly solved and controlled both by CNE authorities and military officers of Plan República
All the occurrences so far in polling centers "have been controlled," Tibisay Lucena, the president of the National Electoral Council, said.
"We have had some small incidents and should acknowledge that at this time, compared with other elections, they have been fully controlled. There was a situation in Maracaibo (the capital city of eastern Zulia state), which was controlled and everything that has happened has been promptly solved. This shows responsiveness not only of the CNE, but also of our Bolivarian Armed Forces and Plan República," she said.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.