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1,200 observers and 60 thousand witnesses will participate in the referendum

A total of 1,200 national observers and over 65 thousands witnesses representing both the Yes and No sides will be present during voting for the referendum for the constitutional amendment on February 15th.

Vicente Díaz, rector of the National Electoral Council (CNE), made this brief announcement and also noted that the observers belong to four organizations that request observer status for the referendum.

“We calculated that there will be at least twelve hundred national observers present and they are sending the information required for their accreditation; four organizations were approved.  Furthermore, witness from both the Yes and No votes will participate; we believe there will be between 60 and 70 thousand citizens taking part throughout the country,” he explained.

Voting machines will be locked out after 3 minutes

Díaz reiterated that despite the fact that estimated voting time in the referendum is 30 seconds, voting machines will only be locked out after 3 minutes, as in past elections.

“The machines will be locked out after three minutes just as in previous elections, but this time the choice is simpler and voting time should take around 18 or 20 seconds,” he noted.

Díaz also urged Venezuelans who were chosen to be election volunteers to show up to their corresponding polling stations early on February 15th.  He also called upon registered voters to turnout and exercise their right.

The CNE has 11,297 polling stations and nearly 17 million registered voters.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / February 5, 2009

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