After almost four hours of waiting…

…I can proudly say that I have voted. SUCCESS!

I arrived at my Center with my sister at noon. There were already reports of delays in my voting center so we are left to wait in the sun for almost three hours, in one of eleven lines (equal to the number of coting tables available), located outside the school’s premises.

Some advanced faster than others. My table was the slowest, as apparently the machine broke down earlier. People were patient, given the importance of this vote, but every now and then, they loudly chanted “We want to vote!”. Only old people and the disabled passed inmediately.

The only moment of tension was when two military armored vehicles (with soldiers suited up, ready for action) passed in front of everybody. Most booed its presence, and one old man yelled to them: “We’re here to vote, not to fight a war”.

Only ten voters at a time were allowed inside the school. It was pretty obvious there was disorganization, as “bottlenecks” were growing. Voters were determined to stay as long as neccesary, but they were very vocal with the CNE and military staff.

When we got inside, we understood the slow pacing: the so-called Electoral Information System (SIE) – people with laptops checking the person’s identity and location in the electoral register. It was a defacto “operacion morrocoy“. The CNE itself admitted its failure hours later. #ElMejorSistemaElectoralDelMundoFAIL

It took another hour to vote, but that went smoother inside. Then, I could finally vote.

When me and my sister were leaving, it was four o’clock. Half of the tables were still open with people in line. Turnout has been high and I’m happy, even if I lost the Barsa-Madrid game on TV.

Now, another long period of waiting begins…

14 thoughts on “After almost four hours of waiting…

  1. yOU MIGHT WANT TO HAVE TWO DRINKS BECAUSE ITS A RECORD TURNOUT, NOT GOOD FOR THOSE WANTING HIGH ABSENTEEISM.

    • I heard the same, but who really does that favor? If the ni-ni’s are coming out to vote, I would think they are doing so because they finally have hope now and have someone to vote for…

    • I forsee a severe alcohol shortage soon in Venezuela as grief stricken oppo supporters consume the entire available supply in days.

  2. WATCHING NOW ON TVES AND ITS STILL LONG LINES EXPECT VOTING TIME TO BE EXTENDED. BAD NIGHT FOR OPPO’S.

  3. According to Datanalisis from a couple of weeks ago, ni-nis who indicated they were very likely to vote were breaking 80/20 for Capriles. Of course that same poll had Chavez up 49 to Capriles’ 39, and 11 percent undecided, which means – at least according to that sample – that Capriles needed over 90 percent of ni-nis to put him over the top. Either way, it’s going to be close. But Aveledo certainly just seemed to declare victory.

  4. Ya cerradas las mesas comienza la avalancha de rumores! Deberiamos rankear los mas originales, ahi les va uno que me llego: Cliver Alcala haciendo maletas corriendo, dice que Chavez esta perdiendo por 5 puntos

    Ulpiano

  5. sORRY BUDDIES ALL WEEK LONG YOU ALL WERE PRAYING FOR ABSENTEEISM( OR RAIN) AS A SIGN THAT cHAVEZ VOTERS WERE VOTING WITH THEIR FEET AND STAYING HOME.

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