CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Venezuela wraps up polling for presidential election

10-08-2012 08:33 BJT

CARACAS, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela's election authorities formally closed the polling in the country's presidential election at 6.51 p.m. local time on Sunday (2321 GMT), according to Tibisay Lucena Ramirez from the National Electoral Council (CNE).

"We want to thank everyone for a beautiful day, full of joy," she told a brief conference in a CNE facility. Not all polling stations have closed because "electoral law dictates that polling stations must stay open as long as there are voters in the queue, waiting to vote."

The election pits incumbent Hugo Chavez, representing the Great Democratic Pole coalition, against Henrique Capriles, who represents the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD). Chavez, who has been in power since February 1999, is seeking to extend his so- called "21st century socialism" project of greater nationalization and more rights for the poor. Capriles, who calls his position " progressive," says he is seeking to follow Brazil's centre-left example.

Lucena also called on electoral officials not to leave their posts until all their work had been done. After they close their doors to voters, they will choose a person amongst themselves to audit the votes, she said. "They have to stay there even though the polling stations are closed."

Some 19 million Venezuelans were entitled to vote in Sunday's elections, which began a 6.00 a.m. local time (1030 GMT).

Venezuelans are not obliged to vote, but many treated Election Day as a celebration.

 

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program