CNE: Election is running smoothly
Tibisay Lucena, the president of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE), reported that more than 80% of polling stations are open
A total of 23 state governors and 260 members of legislative councils are to be elected on Sunday, December 16, in Venezuela (Photo: Kisaí Mendoza)
Sunday December 16, 2012 08:17 AM
Over 80% of polling stations are waiting for 17 million Venezuelans slated to elect state governors and deputies for the legislative council.
Tibisay Lucena, the president of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE), reported that in the states of Apure, Zulia and Nueva Esparta, more than 90% of balloting stations are in place.
"We have over 50% of balloting stations open," Lucena told state-run TV channel VTV.
The CNE president praised the election as running smoothly. "We are very satisfied," she stressed.
Following a wave of nationalizations carried out by the late President Hugo Chavez between 2007 and 2012, Venezuela has become the second most frequent respondent to investment treaty arbitration in the world (38 cases in total), after Argentina.