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."
They are marching in step to the same tune. There is a coordinated effort to position the idea. The Twitter hashtag #YoSoyVictimaDeLaGuarimba (I'm a victim of "guarimbas", or protest barricades) can be read on all pro-government Twitter accounts, including those of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the National Assembly's Press Office, the state-run food distribution network PDVAL, state airline Conviasa, the Venezuelan embassies in foreign countries, radio stations and the huge media network responsive to the Government's interests and messages.