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ELECTION 2012 | Citizens are waiting in lines from early morning

Polling places start operations across Venezuela

The electoral register includes 18.8 million registered voters who are eligible to go to the polls on Sunday to choose the next president of the republic for the 2012-2019 period

Long lines of voters are seen outside a polling center in La Candelaria, downtown Caracas (Photo: Fernando Sánchez)
EL UNIVERSAL
Sunday October 07, 2012  07:05 AM
From 6 am on Sunday polling centers started operations in Venezuela, but voters were waiting in line at the doors of the voting places from early morning hours.

The National Electoral Council (CNE) reported that the delivery of election kits took place normally during the days before the voting process.

The electoral register comprises 18.8 million registered voters, including 100,495 Venezuelans living abroad, who are eligible to go to the polls on Sunday to choose the next president of the republic for the 2012-2019 period.

Polling stations are to close at 6 pm, but the voting process could be extended at polling centers where there are still voters in line.

The tally process will be fully automatic. The first report on results will be issued when an irreversible electoral trend exists. Venezuelan laws prohibit the dissemination of exit polls before the first official report.

There are 39,322 polling stations in 13,810 polling places. For the first time, the voting machines will be activated by a fingerprint-reading device to prevent any voter from casting his ballot more than once.

Some 139,000 troops will be in charge of security and logistics in the electoral process.
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