A total of 3,040,449 votes were cast in opposition primary election
According to the figures reported by the Electoral Committee of the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), 1,900,528 people (64,2%) voted for the governor of the state of Miranda and leader of Primero Justicia -Justice First party, Henrique Capriles Radonski
The Electoral Committee of the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) released a new report on its website saying that 3,040,449 Venezuelans voted in the primary elections held on Sunday, according to a review of 99% of the vote records.
According to MUD's data, Capriles garnered 1,900,528 votes (64.2%). Pablo Pérez, the governor of the state of Zulia and leader of Un Nuevo Tiempo -A New Era party, came second with 896,070 votes (30.3%); María Corina Machado (deputy for the state of Miranda, independent) received 110,420 votes (3.7%); Diego Arria (a former Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations, independent) got 37.834 votes (1.3%) and Pablo Medina (a former union leader) received 14.456 votes (0.5%).
The votes of Venezuelans living abroad are still to be counted.
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.