Current Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez greeting supporters during a campaign rally in the district of Catia in Caracas Sept. 17, 2012.
(Photo : Reuters/Jorge Silva)
Venezuela's presidential election is this Sunday, and it could see incumbent Hugo Chavez extend his 14 years in power according to polls.
The 2012 election will be Chavez's fourth time facing the polls following his first victory in 1998, the 2004 recall vote, and 2006 reelection.
Chavez, 58, is representing the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and has had strong support from the country's poor majority and due to his oil-financed laws. Although still recovering from three cancer operations, Chavez is still campaigning against opponent Henrique Capriles Radonski.
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Capriles, 40, representing the Justice First Party, previously served as governor of the Miranda state and is viewed as a moderate with center-left views, according to the Washington Post.
According to The Daily Star, most polls have seen Chavez in the lead by at least 15 points.
A poll by Datanalisis has Chavez at 49 percent compared to Capriles' 39 percent. Detanalisis is considered to be a respected polling firm.
However, polling firms that are deemed as impartial such as Consultores 21, Varianzas, and Keller see a large proportion of undecided voters and that could be Carpriles' advantage.
The Province also reported polls by Consultores 21 and Varianzas have Capriles "just ahead, and his number have inched up in others."
Chavez has said if he loses, he will accept the decision, although he believes he will win another six-year term.
Sunday's election is comes following three pro-Capriles activists were shot and killed at a rally last weekend. The three were killed in Chavez's home state of Barinas.
According to Reuters, the father of one of the activists said Chavez supporters had blocked cars with Capriles supporters then opened fire when the activists got out of the car to negotiate.
Capriles has ordered that authorities should carry out a "serious investigation" to the incident.
Chavez stated, "It's not with violence that we're going to face each other. It's vote against vote. It's with ideas, it's with peace."
Latinos Post will have coverage of Sunday's Venezuelan election.