Photo: Voters line up at polls in Venezuela
The opposition party –Table for Democratic Unity- are looking to gain some benches in today Venezuelans elections. Polls indicate that the opposition party will take back some of the seats lost when many voters boycotted the 2005 elections.
Sunday’s election is seen as an indicator of Chavez’s popularity two years before the presidential elections.
Chavez spoke to the 17 million voters asking them to not to undermine the Venezuelan “revolution,” and denounced the opposition campaign as “Operation Demolition.”
Chavez launched a new social campaign called “My well–equipped house”. In a shiny kitchen he explained to a housewife the wonders of a new fridge. ‘‘Feel the lines on it. Nice, eh? And wait till I tell you about the discount,’’ he said. The government has promised to import 300,000 fridges, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, and microwaves from China and sell them at rock bottom prices.
‘‘It’s a completely uneven playing field,’’ Laureano Marquez, an opposition commentator, said. ‘‘State institutions don’t even pretend to be independent … Everything starts and ends with Chavez.” The opposition party is campaigning on the facts that the murder rate has doubled in Venezuela since Chavez took office in 1999, crime is rising and the cost of living is escalating.