Presidential election today


Venezuelan voters will be able to choose from six candidates today in the presidential election. In reality there are only two candidates in the running, the incumbent Hugo Chávez supported by the Great Patriotic Pole (GPP) and opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski who is supported by a united opposition under the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) banner.

Opinion polls show Chávez anything between four and ten points ahead, although polls are notoriously inaccurate in Venezuela largely because of their partisan nature.

Chávez has admitted that he has made mistakes and has promised to be a better president next time. His opponent Henrique Capriles has conducted a much more energetic campaign travelling to as many as three states a day during the campaign. The Chávez campaign has relied much more heavily on state media largely because he is still recovering from cancer diagnosed last year.

There are 18,903,143 registered voters with 39,018 polling stations along with 304 polling stations abroad in 88 countries. Polling is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time although the polling stations will remain open if lines of voters exist after the 6 p.m. deadline.

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