Yesterday the candidate of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), Nicolas Maduro, won the presidential elections in Venezuela by a narrow margin against the leader of the Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD), Henrique Capriles.
“We have the candidate Nicolas Maduro Moros with 7,505,338 votes, 50.66%, and the candidate Henrique Capriles with 7,270,403 votes, which corresponds to 49.07%, with the 99.12% of votes counted, ” said the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, almost five hours after the polls closed.
“These are the irreversible results that the people have decided on this election process,” said Lucena, who asked Venezuelans to accept the results and “to go quietly to their homes.”
From the palace of Miraflores, Maduro said: “We can say that we have a fair electoral triumph, legal, constitutional, popular.”
On his behalf, Capriles said: “We will not accept the result until every vote is counted . We want to open all the ballot boxes and count all the votes of Venezuela. ” “I say to the government candidate that he has been defeated today. You are defeated, you and your government,” he added.
Maduro will be formally proclaimed today
Despite the claims of the opposition candidate and his millions of followers that the government should make a recount over the tight margin of 1.6 points, state television broadcasted today a call to Maduro’s followers to “accompany him” in an public act of proclamation in a central square in Caracas.
A source at the Palace of Miraflores confirmed that the proclamation of Nicolas Maduro as president of Venezuela, will be held at the CNE at 14:00 local (13:30 in Ecuador).