Around 7PM (8pm Caracas) the president of the National Electoral Council or CNE, Tibisay Lucena, announced that about 70% of the vote has been counted. After all the polls are closed, they will finish the count and then conduct an audit. The results aren’t expected between 9-10PM EST.
Hundreds of people are outside the gates of the presidential palace, Miraflores, waiting to hear the results and to hear from the President.
Here’s a rundown of the opposition destabilization formula currently unfolding:
Yon Goicoechea, opposition student leader, gave a speech a short while ago (7pm est) telling opposition forces to remain in place at voting stations until every vote is counted. One can be sure that there are several layers of challenge that the opposition forces will make.
The opposition has also printed up BLUE T-shirts with the word “FRAUDE” or “fraud” printed on them. Also, they are painting their hands black and suggest that they intend to tear up red t-shirts in front of government buildings.
Reports of over 45 people detained for having destroyed voting machines by using a hard instrument to scratch the part of the screen where the voter is supposed to put their thumb print as verification of voting.
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