"We will support the National Electoral Council. We call on all sectors to respect the referee, the Constitution, the laws."
Capriles' economic advisor, Ricardo Hausmann, said his campaign will announce its own results independently of official ones.
Ultimas Noticias editor Eleazar Diza Rangel said they'll "claim fraud (and won't) recognize the people's will."
Since Chavez took office in February 1999, 15 national and regional elections were held. Independent observers declared them open, free and fair. America's Carter Center calls Venezuela's electoral system one of the world's most reliable.
Around 200 or more international observers will monitor October 7 voting. Expect confirmation of another exemplary democratic process. It puts America's to shame and then some. US federal and many regional ones lack legitimacy. Big money controls them. Ordinary people have no say.
Venezuelans get the real thing. They're not about to accept pre-Chavez harshness. They want no part of corporatism at their expense.
The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign published a report saying a leaked internal right wing document revealed plans to roll back public services if elected.
It calls for reducing state funding. Health care, education, food subsidies, housing assistance, communal council projects, and other programs Venezuelans rely on will be affected.