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Voting at Venezuelan Consulates in U.S. Concludes With Normality

Of the nine Venezuelan consulates in the U.S., eight have concluded voting in an electoral process in which Venezuelans voted for 12 representatives to the Latin American Parliament. The closing occurred in an environment of complete normalcy.

At the time of this writing, Venezuela’s consulate in San Francisco remained open due to the time difference between the East and West coasts, and it will remain open for at least another 90 minutes. In accordance with the National Electoral Council, voting was set to end at 6:00 p.m. local time or until all voters in line had a chance to cast their ballots.

Venezuela’s consuls in Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and San Juan expressed their gratitude to voters for the civic attitudes displayed since early-morning hours, as well as to poll workers and witnesses of diverse political tendencies.

Some 25,903 Venezuelans are registered to vote at the Venezuelan consulates in the U.S. The number of Venezuelans registered in the U.S. amounts to 0.14 percent of the total voter registry, which has 17.7 million voters.

Results Will Only be Announced When They Are Irreversible
According to information published by the Vice-President of the National Electoral Council, Sandra Oblitas, it is not yet sure when the first announcement of results will be made given, because not all polling places have closed. Oblitas insisted that results will only be announced when they are irreversible.

Press – Venezuelan Embassy in the U.S. September 26, 2010

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