Mayor: Opposition candidate Velásquez has 6,000 votes over gov't candidate
Venezuelan opposition Metropolitan Mayor of Caracas Antonio Ledezma traveled to Bolívar state (south) in support of opposition candidate for Governor Andrés Velásquez to review evidence that may prove the electoral victory of Velásquez over ruling party candidate Francisco Rangel Gómez
Antonio Ledezma, the Mayor of the Metropolitan area of Caracas, and a supportive coordinator of the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) in the gubernatorial election held on December 16, traveled to Bolívar state (south) to hold a meeting with ex-candidate to the governor's office, Andrés Velásquez, and his team, in support Velázquez's complaints against the electoral results. Ledezma asserted that the votes obtained by the opposition candidate outnumber by 6,000 those announced by the National Electoral Council (CNE).
"It is not about speculating (...) More than 80 vote records are missing. He (Velásquez) has already gathered some of them. Such tally sheets account for over 20,000 votes that may reverse the results," explained Ledezma when interviewed on radio.
According to the results announced on Sunday by the CNE, candidate Francisco Rangel Gómez (ruling party's PSUV) attained 43.57% of the votes whereas opposition candidate Andrés Velásquez (MUD) gained 42.34%.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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.