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ELECTION 2012

Pro-government election team: Too early to talk about abstention

Jorge Rodríguez, the head of pro-government election team, Carabobo Command, promised that the red machinery would be displayed in the 23 Venezuelan states, in every municipality and parish, like in the presidential election

Rodríguez is convinced that government followers try to accomplish the mission entrusted by President Hugo Chávez (TV screen capture)
EL UNIVERSAL
Sunday December 16, 2012  12:21 PM

According to Jorge Rodríguez, the head of pro-government election team, Carabobo Command, it is too soon to call abstention in the gubernatorial election of Sunday, December 16.

"We bet on high turnout at the end of the day. Please, go out and vote," he said during the first press conference of the pro-government coalition. He promised that, like in the presidential election, the red machinery would be displayed in the 23 Venezuelan states, in every municipality and parish.

"We are making a millimeter follow-up (...) We will keep on monitoring minute after minute," he said, in reference to the participation of the government sector.

Rodríguez remembered that balloting stations would remain open until 6:00 p.m. and claimed that the procedure is "very fast."
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Is protest over?

That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending  in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.

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