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Venezuela Reelects Hugo Ch?vez for 2013-2019 Presidential Term

These presidential elections had greater voter participation than any others in the history of Venezuela's democracy.-

As of 3:00 this morning, figures updated by Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) had widened the margin of victory for Hugo Chávez in the presidential elections held yesterday, which had an historically high rate of voter turnout.

With 94.19 percent of the votes counted, Chávez had obtained 7,860,982 votes, or 54.84 percent of the total. Meanwhile, Henrique Capriles reached 6,386,155 votes, or 44.55 percent.

According to the CNE website, 14,610,768 votes had been counted. Of those, 14,333,620 were valid and 277,148 were blank. The first bulletin, presented by CNE President Tibisay Lucena just after 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night, revealed that Chávez had 54.42 percent of the vote and Capriles 44.97 percent.

These presidential elections had greater voter participation than any others in the history of Venezuela's democracy, with 80.9 percent of voters turning out at the polls. According to the most recent results, President Chávez won in 21 states throughout the country as well as the Federal District, while Capriles had victories only in the states of Merida and Tachira.

YVKE Mundial / Press - Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / October 8, 2012

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