Balloting stations finish off
Six foreign observers checked the voting in three provincial polling stations and attested to transparency
Teresa Albanes, the head of the Electoral Committee of the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), declared that the one-hour extension for primaries was over; she added that only polling stations still with voters should continue operating.
In the opinion of Armando Briquet, the head of the campaign team of hopeful Henrique Capriles Radonski, turnout numbers show that Venezuelans can, in a civic way, take a step of peaceful protest. He underscored that viewers of his Tricolor Command would remain in the balloting stations to monitor the tally.
After midday, voters in eastern Zulia state poured into balloting stations. In Maracay, the capital city of central Aragua state, six foreign observers checked the voting in three polling stations and attested to transparency. Observers came from Argentina, India, the United States, Guyana and Suriname.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."