Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez says there is no chance of fraud in today’s parliamentary election, a vote that marks a big test for his self-styled ‘revolution.’
As the legislative showdown loomed, the president went to great lengths to downplay any claims of irregularities before voters even cast their ballots.
None of his senior political foes have suggested outright fraud. But the campaign has come under scrutiny, with opposition concerns that Chavez overused state resources, dominating the media.
As for the transparency of the ballot, poll worker Susana Lopez said: “We check all the materials contained in the box with our co-workers and certify the electoral materials in addition to the functioning of the (voting) machines.”
The opposition is hoping to make significant gains in parliament from Chavez’s ruling Socialist Party, thus limiting his ability to pass major legislation.