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."
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.