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Harlow

Matter of days for the Venezuelan Elections

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Harlow

The Venezuelan Presidential elections are a week from when this post is made.

It's the first time I'll dip my finger in the Sharpie-like ink.

...I'm excited, but at the same time, I'm extremely nervous and even scared. This is a basket case country, as some of you may know. It may go as I want, it may go as I expect, shit may hit the fan. craziness may ensue.

Here I'll keep you track about the progress, the news and the outcome.

Polls show, apart from the goverment owned ones, that it's extremely tight. May be a photo finish of less than a million votes.

Also, the opposition bloc here fusioned for this event. So far, they did a nice job. Who would you vote for?

On the "bloc" or on the political party of your liking (who's still the opposition candidate)?

Any questions you may have, you may ask.

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Thu'um

what are the platforms? (extremely broad question i know)

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Harlow

boleta-electoral.jpg

Some have resigned since the implementation, but it's the definite design. Four of Capriles aren't valid anymore, but the most important ones are the corners at the most bottom line (The left one and the two right ones.)

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Nulo means void.

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manthony_Higgs

Okay, is... is that what you'll be voting with? How does that work?

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Harlow

Pick one, the vote will go to whoever you vote (if it's one of the multiple-faced candidates, it will add up)

Pretty much it's between the ones with more than one icon. I don't know what the rest are doing there

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Harlow

The closing on the capital of Capriles just ended. Estimated a million people were in there.

http://www.noticias24.com/fotos/noticia/2277/impactantes-fotos-aereas-de-la-avenida-bolivar/

http://www.noticias24.com/fotos/noticia/2268/en-fotos-asi-estan-los-alrededores-de-la-avenida-bolivar-en-caracas/

meanwhile, Chavez is back on Cabimas (the second largest city of my state). The face that is not on the capital (on the city I live, the second biggest one of Venezuela) says a hell of a lot. The buses of people from here to there also raise suspicions

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Faisul

Godspeed, Harlow. I know Venezuela is not a poster child of democracy but hopefully the elections will turn out in favor of someone who isn't two shades light of a brownshirt. Happy voting!

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Harlow

On the afternoon, I'm going to the closing rally of Capriles in my city. I'll keep you informed

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DZComposer

I don't understand that ballot. Are you voting for a party here, and the pics are of the guy the party supports?

Anyway, I hope whoever wins does well for the country. I know very little about how Chavez has run the government over there, and getting unbiased info on that here is tough. Our media acts as if Chavez is the spawn of Satan. All I know for sure is that he is on the left side of the spectrum, but what I do not know is if he is more reasonable or a wingnut. They say here in the US that he's totalitarian, but I do not trust our media when it reports on Central and South America, too much old cold-war shit.

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Harlow

I don't understand that ballot. Are you voting for a party here, and the pics are of the guy the party supports?

Anyway, I hope whoever wins does well for the country. I know very little about how Chavez has run the government over there, and getting unbiased info on that here is tough. Our media acts as if Chavez is the spawn of Satan. All I know for sure is that he is on the left side of the spectrum, but what I do not know is if he is more reasonable or a wingnut. They say here in the US that he's totalitarian, but I do not trust our media when it reports on Central and South America, too much old cold-war shit.

Look it this way. Like having multiple parties showing Obama and Romney's faces (and others for the not-a-chance independents) other than Democrat/Republican. Regardless the party you vote, all Obamas and Romney's will add up to the final result.

It's been 14 years of unfulfilled promises, manipulation and draconian-like ruling. My family lives well and many others live well, fortunately; but routine life becomes harder each day.

There's also SERIOUS cult of personality. I quote what he said less than a week ago:

"It doesn't matter if you don't have energy, it doesn't matter if you don't have water, it doesn't matter if you don't have a home yet. All that matters is that you keep alive the nation by voting for me"

"Nation" is taken as an euphemism for "him"

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Came back form the closing rally, here are some pics. Decided not to take any camera or cellphone with me, just in case

http://www.noticias2...s-en-maracaibo/

I was on the area where you see the Burger King and the White Obelisk

By the way, I saw the parade of buses the goverment fills with lots of forced public employees. You don't go, you're fired.

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unoservix

Look it this way. Like having multiple parties showing Obama and Romney's faces (and others for the not-a-chance independents) other than Democrat/Republican. Regardless the party you vote, all Obamas and Romney's will add up to the final result.

that...still doesn't make any sense.

the way that ballot looks, it looks as though multiple parties are running the same candidate. which...kind of baffles me, to be honest.

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Harlow

the way that ballot looks, it looks as though multiple parties are running the same candidate. which...kind of baffles me, to be honest.

The parties don't really run. The parties choose who they want to endorse. Chavez and Capriles (the one with multiple faces) each has their party of which they are members (top left corner and bottom left corner, respectively). But other minoritarian parties also chose to endorse one of the two main contenders.

You vote for a party, that's a point for the guy you voted. The total of votes for the guys with multiple faces add up to a final result.

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unoservix

ohhhhhhhhh

that makes a lot more sense

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Harlow

Well, less than 24 hours for the day to come...

...I'm very anxious, very anticipating; it's my very first vote and I just want to travel in time to the next day.

Everything says that the option of change will emerge victorious. He managed to escape many kinds of attacks against him, like the "cap" controversy, where they tried to ban this hat http://www.6topoder.com/imagenes/2012/08/gorra-tricolor-bandera-nacional-venezuela-cachucha_MLV-O-2829775998_062012.jpg because of the usage of patriotic symbols. That goddamn cap is now a must-have and a best-seller all around. Corruption charges against one guy of his group and some people (who are suspected got bribed by the Gov.) separating from his cause didn't seem to make that much of a stir.

Capriles has owned the streets, closing his campaign in as much as 3 states a day, going to places the actual president hasn't even thought

Here's him in Chavez's own hometown, not too bad for a 2,500 pop. town?

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Shots form the Capital and my home city (second largest) respectively

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And it has been like that on many more towns and cities though the country. People are not forced in any way to go, and even though there are buses that go to Capriles marches, they're just making a service, unlike the people who are forced to go to Chavez's marches in exchange of rewards or threats of firing.

Apparent bus route for his Capital closing. People were paid to go or face consequences, many journalists here say.

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Capriles also counts with apparently, a more positive reception in Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, and I've personally seen some ex-pro-goverment people turn around.

Yet... I don't feel good. I want to believe it will all turn good, but there's this feeling in my gut that the sickness in this country is just plain IRREVERSIBLE. It's a downward spiral, I don't believe people have opened their eyes yet.

In short, I'm hopeless, I'm void, but wanting to believe and I will take part of this.

I'll keep you informed for Sunday.

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Rin

That's a lot of people.

Like DZ said, I'm not very informed on exactly how the country's run, but I do hope for the best for you either way. Good luck.

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Harlow

Already voted. All fine on my part.

Now to cut my veins wait for the night

I've thought about it, and in the end, voted for the unitary bloc (fifth one in the last row, the turqiouse one w/ the thumbs-up) rather than my favortie party (yellow/black on the bottom left). They deserved it, they made an amazing primaries, many things they did were on point, and right now, it's the time for unity more than ever.

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