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ELECTION 2012 | He rejected use of public funds

Morel Rodríguez: I was not defeated by Mata Figueroa

The opposition outgoing governor of Nueva Esparta state, northeast Venezuela, said the electoral campaign of his challenger, pro-government elected governor Carlos Mata Figueroa, was funded by state-run oil firm Pdvsa, public utility Corpoelec and the Interior Ministry

Morel Rodríguez said he would respect the electoral results (Handout photo)
EL UNIVERSAL
Monday December 17, 2012  05:32 PM
The gubernatorial vote held in Venezuela on December 16 "was the most atypical election held in Venezuela's democratic history .Money from state-run oil firm Pdvsa, the Venezuelan Electricity Corporation (Corpoelec), and the secret budgetary appropriation of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice was used to buy people's conscience, particularly in Nueva Esparta state, where public funds were squandered as never before," said Morel Rodríguez Ávila, the outgoing opposition governor of Nueva Esparta state.

"I was not defeated by (ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV) Carlos Mata Figueroa. These three bodies I just mentioned were the winners. I wish the mistakes of this alleged democracy are corrected so that the bodies monitoring State funds work in order to allocate public funds with honesty and transparency," he added.
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