Capriles: This is not a balanced electoral campaign
The Venezuelan opposition presidencial candidate replied to the statements of National Electoral Council (CNE) president Tibisay Lucena, who said that Henrique Capriles has more media exposure than President Hugo Chávez, who is seeking reelection
The presidential candidate for the opposition alliance Democratic Unified Panel (MUD), Henrique Capriles, said on Wednesday that the campaign for the October 7 presidential election is "not balanced," contrary to the statements of National Electoral Council (CNE) president Tibisay Lucena .
"Yesterday, I heard the National Electoral Council (president) saying that I have more exposure on the Public Broadcasting System than the government's candidate. Well, if they give me any coverage, they do it in order to insult me and disqualify me," Capriles said.
"Every time I appear on the Public Broadcasting Media, they make fun of me, they disqualify me, and they insult me. I do not care actually. On October 7, their actions will take their toll. Venezuelans are tired of abuse," he said.
Following a meeting with the authorities of the Venezuelan Bishops' Conference (CEV), Capriles said there is an imbalance in the election campaign. He highlighted the use of official propaganda in favor of the candidacy of Hugo Chávez.
"This is not a balanced campaign. There is unbalance in many ways. We do know that institutions are controlled by a political party. We know they use official propaganda to favor a political candidacy," he said.
Capriles criticized the fact that the Public Broadcasting Media are trying to spread a mindset that the opposition is involved in violent acts. Capriles stressed that last weekend, in low-income neighborhood of La Vega, southwest Caracas, "the government set us a trap to ignite a conflict."
"I would like to ask the Public Broadcasting Media to act wisely." "I reject violence no matter where it comes from," he said.
Capriles thanked those who have congratulated him on his 40th birthday on Wednesday. "Many thanks for all those manifestations which are my greatest gift. The demonstrations of affection of the Venezuelan people are the best gift I can receive on this day," he said.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."