Henrique Capriles: "Failing to cast one's ballot can have a high cost"
Miranda state governor and candidate for reelection Henrique Capriles called on the opposition to cast their vote on Sunday. He noted that it is important to vote throughout the day, "until the polling stations are closed"
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However, he urged people not to vote only in the early hours of the day. "The idea is to have people casting their ballot until voting stations are closed," at 6:00 pm, he said.
At around 1 pm, he estimated turnout in Miranda state at some 30%. "I think this will increase."
"We must all get out and vote today; the future of every state in our country is at stake."
The news marked an ominous beginning, health-wise, of the year 2015: the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit at Hospital Clínico Universitario, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, was to close completely on January 5 due to lack of medicines and surgical supplies. All patients who were waiting to be operated on were sent home. More than 10 patients waiting for surgery reportedly died there from lack of basic medical supplies in the two months prior to the closure.