News / Americas

Venezuelan Voters Wait in Long Lines for Presidential Election

Venezuelan Voters Wait in Long Lines for Presidential Electioni
|| 0:00:00
X
Brian Padden
October 07, 2012 7:50 PM
There are long lines at Venezuelan polling stations as voters wait to cast their ballots in the tightly contested presidential election between President Hugo Chavez and his opponent Henrique Capriles, a former state governor. VOA'S Brian Padden has more from Caracas.

Venezuelan Voters Wait in Long Lines for Presidential Election

Brian Padden
— There are long lines at Venezuelan polling stations as voters wait to cast their ballots in the tightly contested presidential election between President Hugo Chavez and his opponent Henrique Capriles, a former state governor.  
 
In the Caracas neighborhood of Catia, a traditional stronghold for President Hugo Chavez, voters like Sarkes de a Hache have come out in force to vote for the president. “Because he is doing well for poor people.  He helps the poor," he said. 
 
The polls opened at 6:00 am and while the lines have been long, voters say the process has been well organized. 
 
At one polling station in Catia there was no apparent political pressure being applied, but there was a pro-Chavez poster hanging near the entrance, an area that is supposed to be free of political advertising. 
 
The ballot may seem a bit confusing because the two candidates' photos appear in multiple boxes representing different political parties.  Voters much choose not just the candidate, but also the party they support. 
 
If Chavez wins a new six-year term, he will be free to further his socialist policies using the country's oil wealth and continue to support anti-U.S. governments around the world, while if challenger Henrique Capriles wins, Venezuela will likely embrace more capitalist-oriented polices and shift its foreign policy.
 
In the well-to-do neighborhood of Mercedes, supporters for Capriles have also come out in force to vote for their candidate.  Evelyn Jimenez who lives in the United States came home to Venezuela to vote for change. “I am against communist, socialist, I do not believe in that.  I believe in the best for each country all around the world," she said. 
 
Around 19-million voters are expected to participate in Sunday's election and preliminary results could be announced by late Sunday. 

Video of the voting process:
Venezuela Votesi
|| 0:00:00
X
October 07, 2012 5:49 PM
In Venezuela there are long lines at polling stations as voters wait to cast their ballots in the tightly contested presidential election between President Hugo Chavez, who has been in power for almost 14 years and his opponent Henrique Capriles, a former state governor.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid

More Americas News

Football Star's Stepfather Kidnapped, Released

Lawyer for family of Argentina's Carlos Tevez said player's stepfather appeared to be unharmed
More

Video Young Migrants From Central America Risk Life and Limb to Get to US

For tens of thousands of young people trip north is fraught with hardship and danger
More

Mother of Slain Mexican Teen Sues US Border Patrol

Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was in Nogales, Mexico on October 10, 2012, when US agent shot him through border fence from Arizona
More

Planning Post-2015 Development

UNDP official calls for investing in people
More

Magnitude 6.3 Quake hits Mexico, No Major Damages, Injuries

Earthquake hit southwest of Juan Rodriguez, in eastern Mexican state of Veracruz at a depth of 95 km (60 miles), the US Geological Survey says
More

California Governor on 3-day Trade Trip to Mexico

With immigration facilities bursting at the seams, Jerry Brown says child migration is on the agenda during his trade visit
More