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October 8th, 2012 – SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – The voting booths at the Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica were open since 6:00 a.m. yesterday, and Venezuelans were eager to make every vote count. However, despite the fact that the vast majority of the Venezuelan population in Costa Rica with a right to vote was supporting opponent Henrique Capriles, the opposing weren’t enough to counter the votes being placed for Chavez in their homeland.
About 1,200 Venezuelans are on the electoral roll for Venezuela in Costa Rica.
Some 18 .8 million Venezuelans over the age of 18 are registered to vote in the South American country. Some voting locations in Venezuela opened as early as 3am yesterday to handle the crowds of voters.
Since taking power, Chavez has never faced such a popular rival.
However, it seems that a small group of some 20 people supporting Chavez at the Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica yesterday, were pretty sure that Hugo Chavez, who has been Venezuela’s president for the past 13 years, would win his 4th term.
The group of 20 “Chavistas” – the majority of them Ticos -were ready to celebrate since early in the day, chanting over megaphones, playing music and carrying signs that showed their support for Chavez. Unfortunately for them, the police quickly came and seized their equipment, arguing that they did not have the proper permits for the use of loudspeakers, and that they had received several noise complaints from the neighbors.
Although Chavez did win, the difference between the two candidates was not as wide as in previous elections, with Chavez beating his opponent by just 9.45%. Chavez was declared president with 54.4% of the votes, while his rival, Henrique Capriles, obtained 44.9% of the votes.
The 58-year-old Chavez will be taking his oath on January 10th, and will assume the presidency for 6 more years. His first term in office began in 1999.
Hugo Chavez thanked Venezuelans for their support yesterday, whilst Henrique Capriles accepted his loss with a speech full of hope, talking about a new road that has been built, which has convinced “almost half of the Venezuelans” to look for a different option.