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Regional Elections in Venezuela: Update 7

By Aleksander Boyd

31.10.04 - 12.53 GMT - Major of Baruta Henrique Capriles Radonski declared that in that constituency 50 % of the centres are not working as they should, citing delayed openings and absence of electoral personel accredited by the CNE. Other reports state that the CNE has not delivered electoral credentials in timely fashion. Mayor Capriles assured that statements from Jessy Chacon regarding prohibition of public assembly ought to be disregarded for it is not in Minister Chacon powers to suspend constitutional guarantees such as that of the right to public assembly. Questioned with respect to the right to witness the scrutiny process he said that Primero justicia has got witnesses in all polling centres nationwide and surely they will safeguard the integrity and transparency of the process.

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