07/10/2012 - Polling stations were open from 6 a.m. today so that Venezuelans residing in Panama can cast their votes in the election in which they will help choose the president who will lead the country for the next six years.
An estimated 50,000 Venezuelans reside in Panama, of which only 1,250 are registered to vote. The voting is taking place at the Venezuelan embassy.
Polling stations were also open in the United States, Cuba, Uruguay, and European countries.
In Venezuela, Vice President Elías Jaua said that the expected turnout was indicative that the country has an active democracy. He said that it is important to respect the will of the people.
Hugo Chávez, 58, is running for his third term. His chief opponent is opposition leader Henrique Capriles.
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