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Opposition spokesman: turnout may hit 60% in municipal vote

Ramón Guillermo Aveledo, the secretary general of the opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), asked voters "to go to your voting place. And those who are waiting in line, do not move from your voting center, in order to conduct the citizen's audit." He highlighted that the leading actor in this election "is not the government, the National Electoral Council (CNE), or the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), but the people"

Aveledo: All citizens have the right to vote and we should exercise it (TV screen capture)
EL UNIVERSAL
Sunday December 08, 2013  08:20 PM
Ramón Guillermo Aveledo, the secretary general of the opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), remarked that their goal is to hit 60% turnout in the local election held on Sunday in Venezuela. "According to our polls, turnout in this vote could stand at about 60%, or more or less that figure," he explained.

The MUD secretary also denounced that state-run television channels breached the Electoral Law as pro-government electoral TV spots were broadcast in the morning hours, which is forbidden under the law. "In democracy, all trends should be reflected in both public and private media," Aveledo remarked.

For the MUD spokesman, President Nicolás Maduro's remarks broadcast by state-run television network Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) in the afternoon, while accompanied by some pro-government candidates for Caracas' municipalities, were also a serious violation of the electoral law. "Maduro's remarks along with those candidates and the electoral spots broadcast by VTV are against the law," he noted.

Aveledo added that "all citizens have the right to vote and we should exercise it. The Unity is always bigger and stronger," he said.

"Go to your voting place. And those who are waiting in line, do not move from your voting center, in order to conduct the citizen's audit," the MUD secretary asked voters. He added that only voting places with voters in line should remain open after 6:00 p.m.

He highlighted that the leading actor of this election "is not the government, the National Electoral Council (CNE), or the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), but the people."

Translated by Andreína Trujillo
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