Electoral authority announces closing of voting stations
Director of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Sandra Oblitas said the top electoral body is to disclose election results in a report when there is an irreversible trend
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Oblitas said that balloting centers had to end operations at 6 pm, except where voters were still waiting in line to cast their ballot. She explained that upon closing of all voting centers, the results would be transmitted to the headquarters of CNE.
The electoral authority recalled that CNE would issue a first report when there is an irreversible trend in results. "For sure, it will be issued in the coming hours," she said.
Oblitas stressed that political actors and voters should refrain from announcing results before the first official report.
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.