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BOTH CHAVEZ AND CAPRILES MAKE RIDICULOUS COMMENTS TO VENEZUELAN VOTERS AHEAD OF SUNDAY ELECTION
October 6 2012
Caracas, Venezuela – It’s down to the line in Venezuela with both major candidates – incumbent Hugo Chavez and upstart Henrique Capriles – gaining a huge amount of popular support across the country. By the end of Sunday both will know just how far that support extends when voters take to the polls.
Both candidates have taken to streets in the hours before the people go to vote, trying to rally their supporters and gain those few votes that will ultimately decide who wins the election and takes charge of the country. For Chavez it is a fight for his political life, for Capriles it is a chance that few, possibly including himself, felt he would ever have.
Both of course want to win and in a hard fought battle have already done a great deal of damage to their opponent, hurling accusations and making wild promises that of course neither will actually be able to back up with action. Regardless, both have continued to make promises, trying to get just the right blend of comments to rally the particular groups they need without alienating others because all that matters is winning, just win.
“Chavez's political machine bused in supporters from around the country. Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated, including many government employees who were obliged to attend. Many in the crowd were drinking alcohol and seemed confident of electoral victory,” said Al Jazeera correspondent Chris Arsenault who couldn’t get anyone to comment on the record.
Chavez is expected to win the election but by a narrow margin, something that would have been inconceivable just a few months ago.
Capriles, prior to the election, was relatively unknown and seen as a long-shot competitor against the popular President but clearly it has not worked out that way.
“This is certainly an interesting election, has been throughout the whole escapade. I mean with Chavez getting cancer and all the accusations and everything else that has gone on, man it’s been something else. One thing I will say is that no matter what Chavez has been hurt by this election and his power base just won’t be the same afterwards,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “Not that that matters really. It’s not like Chavez is going to be voted down or anything like that when he tries to change things. It is a democracy in Venezuela but not one like it is many other places so it may not matter how damaged Chavez has become because he’s still in charge.”
It’s not yet clear what Capriles will do when he loses.
“There is still an outside chance the Capriles will win the election but it is pretty far outside the realm of possibility. Chavez has totally screwed up the country but he is still very popular and that goes a long way no matter how lousy he has been at his job which of course is an important job. People won’t easily let that go,” continued Hander. “Most people like to vote for people they like, not necessarily on the ability to do the job and since Chavez just tells people exactly what they want to hear, because he has that popular touch, he tends to do well and that is likely the case here. The problem for Capriles is he can only promise things Chavez hasn’t already promised and there isn’t much left there, scraps really and that makes it tough.”
It’s believed that neither man will actually do anything they say are going to do because they don’t really need to.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent