Voting ends on Venezuela reforms

Update: Dec. 3, 2007

Chavez Concedes Venezuela’s Constitutional Reform Lost in “Foto Finish”

Dandelion Salad

Chavez wins Venezuela vote: sources

By Saul Hudson and Ana Isabel Martinez
Sun Dec 2, 2007 6:34 PM EST136

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appeared headed for victory on Sunday in a referendum on allowing the leftist to rule for as long as he keeps winning elections, government-linked sources said, citing exit polls.

Three exit polls showed the anti-American leader won by between six and eight percentage points in a vote where turnout was low, the two sources said.

If his victory is confirmed, the referendum vote on a raft of reforms would allow Chavez — in office since 1999 — to run for reelection indefinitely, control foreign currency reserves, appoint loyalists over regional elected officials and censor the media if he declares an emergency.


h/t: marxistgod


Voting ends on Venezuela reforms

Sunday, 2 December 2007, 21:28 GMT

Voters in Caracas were woken by fireworks and loud music
Polls have closed in Venezuela after a referendum on a series of far-reaching constitutional changes sought by President Hugo Chavez.

Turnout was reported to be high in the capital, Caracas, where there were long queues of voters.

The raft of reforms would see the end of presidential term limits and the Central Bank’s autonomy removed.

Mr Chavez says the proposed changes would return power to the people, but opponents accuse him of a power grab.

Residents of Caracas were woken before dawn by fireworks and loud music, says a BBC correspondent.

It was a rallying call to vote, correspondent James Ingham says, and appeared to have the desired effect, with long queues, several hours long, forming outside polling stations.

Some polling stations stayed open late to accommodate them.

“We will accept the results whatever they are. Venezuelans have never voted so often as during these nine years of peaceful and democratic revolution,” Mr Chavez said after voting.



Venezuelan referendum ends with suspense over results

02/12/2007 21h33

CARACAS (AFP) – A referendum in Venezuela aimed at greatly bolstering President Hugo Chavez’s powers ended Sunday with suspense over the result, expected to be close.

If official results show a “yes” vote, Chavez would emerge as one of Latin America’s most powerful leaders, with the right to stand for re-election indefinitely and with tighter control over his oil-rich country.

If “no” prevails, it would be the worst blow Chavez has ever suffered at the ballot box during his eight-year rule. He would be able to see though his current mandate — due to expire in January 2013 — but would then be required to step down.

Defense Minister Gustavo Rangel Briceno announced that polling stations closed as scheduled at 4:00 pm (2000 GMT), but the head of the National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena, said some centers still had lines of voters whose ballots had to be processed.

During that time, no exit poll data would be released, she said.
Venezuelan citizens line up waiting for their turn to vote

“We have to wait for the electoral results,” Lucena said.



54% of Venezuelan ballot boxes will be opened to backup electronic results
December 2nd 2007, by Prensa Web RNV

More than half of the ballot boxes containing the physical votes of the Referendum Sunday December 2nd will be opened to verify the electoral process, announced Supplemental Rector of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Humberto Castillo, during a special broadcast on Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).

According to Castillo “what used to be a black box is now a transparent box since 54% of the ballot boxes will be open.” He stated that the results will reflect the will of the people.



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Venezuela’s Constitutional Reform: Article-by-Article Summary by Gregory Wilpert

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Venezuelan Government Uncovers Video of Opposition Destabilization Plan by Chris Carlson

Venezuela: “A People Under Fire” by Fidel Castro Ruz

Venezuela’s referendum: What’s at stake? (video)

CIA Operation “Pliers” Uncovered in Venezuela by Eva Golinger (Psyop)

Another CIA Sponsored Coup D’Etat? Venezuela’s D-Day: Democratic Socialism or Imperial Counter-Revolution by Prof James Petras

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6 thoughts on “Voting ends on Venezuela reforms

  1. Pingback: Chavez Concedes Venezuela’s Constitutional Reform Lost in “Foto Finish” « Dandelion Salad

  2. yeah, pretty much guilty as charged, so after he gets re-elected as you call it, theeennn he’s dictator for life?

  3. TRM, no, not a dictator for life. Did you read the links to the previous posts on this topic, or just get that opinion from the US news via TV/newspapers?

    They voted for ending term limits. Chavez would have to be re-elected by the people to serve more terms. Same as in many other countries and our Congress!

  4. Reuters talks of YES vote – Bolivarians start to celebrate

    8.20 pm in Caracas, no official results are yet known, but according to figures quoted by Reuters, the YES vote would win by between 6 and 8 points, and this is what the international media (never friendly to the Bolivarian revolution) is starting to report. Other sources give the YES a bigger lead.

    Bolivarian supporters have started to gather outside Miraflores palace to celebrate. The leader of the reactionary students Yon Goicoechea appeal to his supporters to stay in the polling stations and “defend the vote”, implying that fraud is going on.

    ¡Viva la Revolución Bolivariana!
    ¡Viva El Processo!
    ¡Viva Chavez!

    Los amigos americanos de Presidente Chavez y la Revolución en inglés…
    Americans for Chavez
    Bolivarian Circle ‘Chief Tierra Blanca’

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