As Venezuelans have started voting in Australia and Asia, it is past midnight here in Caracas and Election day is upon us. Talked to a lot of people today, most opposition, but both sides. Everyone is very tense. Very. Even those that are sure their side will win are concerned about dirty tricks by the other side. Plan B in Venezuela has become a word used daily in conversations. Everyone wonders if the other side has a Plan B. After plan B, momentum is another favorite word. People around me say I use it in every sentence.
The only relaxed person in Venezuela seems to be opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. This morning he walked up the Avila mountain, no visible security, fans having their pictures taken with him along the way:
A bit irresponsible if you ask me, but maybe he figures this will not be possible for six years, should he win.
The Government’s TV channel continued showing advertising for Chavez. The ads did not have the President’s face, but they did have the President’s silouette. Well, another abuse of power, what else is new?
There were fireworks and pot banging at 8 PM, did not get the objective, save your energy for tomorrow, it will be a long day. If it is as close as I believe, we could be here Monday morning wondering who won.
Presidential election days are always weird. I don’t like to vote early, not only I do not like to wake up early, but I want to vote late so Chavistas are fooled into thinking they are ahead. Then I cast my vote and get them worried. I still wonder why all TV and radio stations tell people to go vote early, if polls will not close as long as someone is in line and the oppsoition wants Chavismo to think they are winning.
Yes, the weather is going to be bad tomorrow: As you can see in the weather map as I write this, it is raining all over Venezuela and the stormy patterns to the Northeast bode badly for tomorrow:
The opposition thinks this favors it, as abstention will be higher and the worst weather is expected in the afternoon. Any attempt by either side to get out the vote in the late afternoon, if they think they are behind, will be an uphill battle.
I will be blogging intermittently. I will probably go out early, take pictures, walk around, feel the atmosphere. But once I get in line to vote, I may be MIA for a few hours, will bring my iPad just in case there is wifi at the school where I vote.
The evening will probably be full of rumors. I doubt we will know the result until near midnight. I will tweet (@moctavio) (or retweet) rumors, but will stick to good info here.
If you have interesting pictures send them over to email@example.com. Don’t know when I will post them all, want to keep the layout simple tomorrow, but please send your best stuff. However, stuff which arrives before I start posting tomorrow will go up without any problem.
Good luck tomorrow. Good luck Venezuela!