Defeated opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles has demanded a recount and rejected the election of Nicolas Maduro calling it “illegitimate”.
The 40-year-old governor of Miranda state took 49.1 percent of the ballot confounding most forecasts. One political analyst said the unpredictable narrow margin has proven how volatile the political scenario is. A protracted election dispute could lead to instability.“I did not fight today against one candidate. We fought against the use of every public resource, the abuse of our public institutions, everything that means power,” Capriles in defiant mood told his supporters.
He claimed his team had a list of more than 3,000 ballot irregularities which included gunshots and the illegal re-opening of polling stations.
The five-member election board said the result was “irreversible”. Critics claim four of its members are openly pro-government.