Saturday, October 06, 2012

Venezuelans are ready to vote on October 7, 2012

Dear Journalists,
Please know that I will be updating this blog posting as needed throughout the voting process:

October 7 at 10:25 p.m.
There are mixed reports of the election’s results.  Unofficial reports are floating around with terrible news, and others with hope.  The emotional tension is too much.  

October 7 at 7:00 p.m.
The voting centers are closing in Venezuela, but there are still thousands that have not been able to vote, and have been waiting in line for several hours.  Voters from Maracay, Aragua reported long lines.  Some elderly citizens had to wait up to six hours to vote.
Newspaper El Universal in English published pictures of the Venezuelan voters high turn out:

October 7 at 4:15 p.m.
Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonsky was interviewed after casting his vote.
Capriles also posted on Twitter a message for Venezuelans voting abroad:
There are new pictures from Mexico City in this link:
Infamous Hugo Chavez was also interviewed There are complaints that the infamous motorcycle gangs which are allegedly controlled by Hugo Chavez are harassing voters.
The following newspapers are posting detailed updates:

For official election results please check:

October 7 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Loved ones in Caracas have been waiting already for four hours to vote, and other ones have already voted.  Some are volunteering at the polls managing voting tables.

Newspaper El Universal reports that the voting process has been civil to this time has been civil:
This is link to pictures I have received from Caracas at Los Arcos school, Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Consulate, on the aircraft to New Orleans, at New Orleans The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Mexico City at the Consulate:
Please click for more pictures. 
The line of voters in Mexico City is very long, and they have entertainment with music and arepas to eat.

Venezuelans in Australia are ready to vote in Canberra as reported by
In Australia Venezuelans have started to vote at 8:00 a.m. local time October 7. At this time it is 4:00 p.m. EST on October 6.

Venezuelans abroad are traveling thousands of miles to the nearest Consulate to vote.  Report from a voter traveling from Miami to New Orleans says that they are very excited. Loved ones in Venezuela are very anxious waiting to go to vote.                                                       

Venezuelans have hope that the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski will be the new president, but worry about Hugo Chavez’s algorithms manipulating the results of the election. The International Court of Justice, busy at it is, should make time to prosecute Hugo Chavez for fraud if the alleged algorithms and open violation of the vote are true.
Venezuelans need help from world leaders, and the International Court of Justice, to resolve abuse of power in Venezuela and restore democracy.
Maru Angarita
My blog is: Twitter @maruangarita