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Polling stations ready for Venezuelan presidential vote


11:01, April 14, 2013

CARACAS, April 13 (Xinhua) -- All of the nearly 14,000 polling stations are ready in Venezuela on the eve of the presidential election, a senior military officer said on Saturday.

The authorities can ensure that 100 percent of the polling stations are installed properly for the vote on Sunday, Strategic Operational Command chief Wilmer Barrientos said after he held talks with Tibisay Lucena, head of the National Electoral Council.

"We made an evaluation and we have communicated with all the defense commanders of the regions...the country is in complete normal conditions," said Barrientos, adding that the vote will take place in full calmness in the South American nation.

More than 18.9 million registered voters are eligible to participate in the election to choose a new president after the passing of President Hugo Chavez in March.

Among the seven presidential contenders, Acting President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles are frontrunners.

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