Military detachment shields CNE office in Ciudad Bolívar
Opposition candidate running for Bolívar state governor Andrés Velásquez was adamant in disclaiming the results provided by the National Electoral Council (CNE)
Troops of the Bolivarian National Guard were deployed on Sunday night at the local chapter of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) in the capital city of Bolívar state, south Venezuela.
The military were deployed in Jesús Soto Avenue, a thoroughfare in the capital city; in the immediate vicinity of General Tomás de Heres airport, and Táchira Avenue, where the CNE local chapter is located.
Edgar Mata, the CNE local director, reported that the security was reinforced with the troops of Plan República in view of a demonstration staged by the followers of Andrés Velásquez, the candidate for opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) running for Bolívar state governor.
The MUD candidate voiced on Monday morning his determination to disavow the results produced by the CNE and promised to challenge them within the 15-day term by the election authority.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."