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."
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.