Henrique Capriles: "Failing to cast one's ballot can have a high cost"
Miranda state governor and candidate for reelection Henrique Capriles called on the opposition to cast their vote on Sunday. He noted that it is important to vote throughout the day, "until the polling stations are closed"
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However, he urged people not to vote only in the early hours of the day. "The idea is to have people casting their ballot until voting stations are closed," at 6:00 pm, he said.
At around 1 pm, he estimated turnout in Miranda state at some 30%. "I think this will increase."
"We must all get out and vote today; the future of every state in our country is at stake."
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.