Published On: Mon, Apr 15th, 2013

Maduro wins close election in Venezuela, recount demanded

nicolas_maduroCARACAS, Venezuela -- In a surprisingly close result, acting president Nicolas Maduro won Sunday’s presidential elections in Venezuela with 50.66 percent of the votes, according to the National Electoral Council (CNE). Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has, however, demanded a recount.

In an unexpectedly strong showing, Capriles won 49.1 percent of the votes.

Calling the results "irreversible", CNE president Tibisay Lucena said Maduro got 7,505,338 valid votes against 7,270,403 votes for Capriles.

During a press conference aired by Telesur TV, Lucena said that the number of votes counted had reached 99.12 percent, while the voter turnout was calculated at 78.71 percent.

According to Venezuelan authorities, Maduro was due to be officially proclaimed as the election winner on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Capriles’ refusal to concede left the result up in the air, amid doubts that the authorities will actually recount the votes.

In a statement on Monday, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, expressed his support for an audit and a full recount of the vote.

Insulza offered to make available to Venezuela the OAS team of electoral experts, of recognized prestige and long experience in the field.

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