Venezuelans abroad begin voting process

Polling centres in over 60 cities around the world started operations to allow more than 100,000 Venezuelans to exercise their right to vote on Sunday to elect the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for the next six years

Venezuelans started to cast their ballots in Madrid since 6:05 am (Handout photo)
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Sunday October 07, 2012  05:40 AM
The voting process to elect the next president of Venezuela has begun. Polling stations started operations in 63 cities worldwide for 100,495 Venezuelans living abroad to exercise their right to vote.

The polling place in Canberra, Australia, was the first to begin operations. A total of 992 Venezuelans cast their vote in two polling stations which opened at 8 am (3:30 pm Saturday Venezuelan time).

José Ramón Sánchez, the opposition head of electoral campaign abroad, showed satisfaction at the start of the voting process beyond Venezuela's borders. "We are very happy because Venezuelans began to cast their ballot out of the country. Minutes ago, polling stations opened in Australia for 992 voters. Hundreds of fellow Venezuela citizens waited in line to exercise their right. There is an indescribable feeling of joy and pride when we see our brothers showing up en masse at polling centers."

Sánchez reported that Angelo Belardo became the first Venezuelan citizen to cast his vote from Canberra.

At midnight (Venezuelan local time) the election began in Spain. Pollins stations started operations at 06:30 am (12:00 am in Venezuela) for 20,306 Venezuelans in five Spanish cities: Madrid, Barcelona (Catalonia), Bilbao (Basque Country), Tenerife (Canary Islands) and Vigo (Galicia). In Spain, Venezuelans are to vote at 46 polling stations.

In Spain, polling stations are located in Madrid (17), for 7,562 voters; Barcelona (13) for 5,869 voters; Tenerife (9) for 3,900 voters; Bilbao (three) for 1,015 voters; and four in Vigo for 1,960 voters.

In the Spanish capital, Venezuelans are casting their ballots at the headquarters of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), on Paseo Recoletos.

Meanwhile, south of the United States, since Friday about 7,000 Venezuelans started to travel in buses and planes more than 1,350 miles from Miami to New Orleans, where they will vote on Sunday in an election that has been termed as historical in deciding the future of the country.

Translated by Maryflor Suárez R.
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