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."
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.