Venezuela holds parliamentary election

22:49, September 26, 2010      

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez attends a rally of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, in Carabobo State, Venezuela, Sept. 23, 2010. The electoral rallies concluded all over Venezuelaon Sept. 23, prior to the the legislative elections scheduled for Sept. 26. (Xinhua)

CARACAS, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Venezuela was holding an election on Sunday to form a new legislature in the South American country.

A total of 165 seats in the National Assembly were up for grabs in the poll, which started at 6 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) and was scheduled to last twelve and a half hours.

About 17 million voters were registered to cast ballots at some 12,500 polling stations across the country. Around 110,000 troops were deployed nationwide for security concerns.

On the eve of the election, President Hugo Chavez broadcast a message on the Internet prompting supporters to vote. "Everyone up and on the offensive! We will demonstrate again that the revolution is here to stay! Nobody Left Without Voting!" he said.

The opposition parties, unlike in the 2005 parliamentary election, pitched their candidates this year, hoping to end the current ruling party's absolute control of the legislature.

Earlier opinion polls showed that neither side would gain a clear majority.

Source: Xinhua


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