Representatives of the opposition alliance asked the National Electoral Council to disclose election results, noting that the body vowed to release the results within the two hours following closure of balloting places
The leaders of the Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), which comprises political organizations that oppose the government of Hugo Chávez, after midnight called upon the National Electoral Council to announce the results of parliament elections held on September 26.
"In the name of respect for million Venezuelans who today (Sunday) cast their ballot to elect a new National Assembly different from the one that is passing away today, we would like to ask the National Electoral Council to disclose once and for all the results it already knowns," said MUD president Ramón Guillermo Aveledo at the campaign headquarters of the opposition alliance.
"This cannot be. Affter all this time telling us that we have the most modern, most automated, most perfect election system in the world, and after they promised they would publish the results two hours following closure of polling sites, more than six hours have passed after the polls closed and results have not been announced," said the opposition leader.
"We are waiting, because we do respect the law (which prevents publication of election results before the first official bulletin.) We know what happened, we already know what happened," said Aveledo, while people in the opposition headquarters shouted "Results now!"
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.