Tibisay Lucena’s Election

Quico says: One refreshing thing about last night’s election is that, for the first time in years, the National Electoral Council itself was far from the center of the debate. As in futbol, the best referees are the ones you don’t much notice. CNE chairwoman Tibisay Lucena’s self-effacing style paid off. What’s more, the aggressive…

Tibisay Lucena’s Election

Quico says: One refreshing thing about last night’s election is that, for the first time in years, the National Electoral Council itself was far from the center of the debate. As in futbol, the best referees are the ones you don’t much notice. CNE chairwoman Tibisay Lucena’s self-effacing style paid off. What’s more, the aggressive…

Tibisay Lucena’s Election

Quico says: One refreshing thing about last night’s election is that, for the first time in years, the National Electoral Council itself was far from the center of the debate. As in futbol, the best referees are the ones you don’t much notice. CNE chairwoman Tibisay Lucena’s self-effacing style paid off. What’s more, the aggressive…

Let the analyzing begin…

Katy says: First off, the CNE website is already publishing detailed results by voting center. This is a welcome change, and we are finally seeing the result of all the money that was spent on these high-tech machines. Here are some interesting things I am picking up at 1:40 pm Monday, Venezuela time: – Chávez…

Bitter Medicine

Quico says: Last night, the Recall Referendum season was finally closed. Rosales’ concession marked the end of the long, barren, surreal period in the wake of the recall debacle when the opposition single-mindedly repeated to itself that only chavista foul play stood between us and power. The passing of that illusion made for a bitter…

Rosales concedes, I think

Katy says: Manuel Rosales has just given the weirdest speech. It started out being very non-comittal one way or another, then he said he is going to hit the streets, which made people applaud widely, but then he said he conceded defeat. He said he doesn’t believe the margin is actually as wide as the…

The Rosales camp does message control

Katy says: In light of today’s events, where people linked to the campaign were echo to rumours giving victory to Rosales and declaring massive fraud with no evidence, the Rosales campaign announced an hour and a half ago what it should have announced months ago: that only Rosales will speak for the Rosales campaign.

Teodoro says…

Quico says: Teodoro Petkoff, speaking for Rosales, says the day’s voting went well, but there have been some problems after the end of voting. He adds it’s a waste of time to try to re-open a polling station after it has been closed, because the machines won’t record any more votes once they have been…

Glorified chisme: Chavez wins

Quico says: Is it still gossip if Reuters is carrying it? Consultores 30.11 coordinated an exit poll with Evans/McDonough Co., a U.S. pollster paid by the Venezuelan state oil company. Their two pre-election opinion surveys published last month showed a lead for Chavez of around 20 points. “The trend confirms the electoral scenarios presented by…