The Deputy-elected for central Miranda state said that Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez “turned the parliament election into a plebiscite and lost”
María Corina Machado, the Deputy-elect for central Miranda state termed "irresponsible" and "unacceptable" that the National Electoral Council (CNE) "boasts about having the most cutting-edge system in the world, but provides the results the day after the election."
She explained that the CNE "gave no numbers, but some names; gave numbers, no final percentages and this is disrespect for men and women in the contest as nominal candidates."
She noted that President Hugo Chávez "turned the election to the National Assembly into a plebiscite and lost."
"It is very clear. Venezuela said no to Cuban-like communism; Venezuela said no to a way towards democracy and now we have the legitimacy of citizens' votes; we are the people's representatives."
At first she agreed that I use her real name, that she had no problems with that at all. After all, living with HIV had driven her to help others – as a workshop facilitator giving talks and conducting seminars, or as a volunteer for local AIDS Service Organizations like Acción Solidaria (Solidary Action) and Mujeres Unidas por la Salud (Women United for Health, or Musa), a support group network for HIV-positive women. But when we were well into the interview, the realization that she might lose her private health insurance coverage made her change her mind.