Boys sit on a fence next to a poster of Venezuelan President and presidential candidate Hugo Chavez during his campaign rally in the district of Catia in Caracas September 17, 2012. Venezuela will hold its presidential election on October 7, 2012.
(Photo : Reuters/Jorge Silva)
With the presidential election two days away in Venezuela, last minute efforts for note are underway while some in the US traveling to New Orleans to vote.
According to CNBC, thousands of Venezuelans living in the US have to travel to New Orleans to vote following President Hugo Chavez demand to close the Miami consulate, where up to 20,000 Venezuelans live.
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The report added that many of the Venezuelans living in the US casting their vote are "vehement opponents" of Chavez.
Business Week reported a poll stating Chavez will "likely" lose the opportunity for a third term as opponent Henrique Capriles Radonski showed a lead.
A poll by Consultores 21 showed 51.8 percent of Venezuelans saying they'll support the candidate opposing Chavez.
Barclays analysts Alejandro Arreaza and Alejandro Grisanti commented, "Taking into account the Consultores 21 poll and Mr. Capriles' momentum, an opposition victory looks likely. An opposition victory could be a positive surprise for the market that could push Venezuelan assets to levels not seen in the past five years."
However, a Datanalisis poll dating from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5, with 1,600 people participating, showed who Chavez leading Capriles by at least 10 percent.
In Venezuela, the publication of polls is forbidden in the last week leading up to Election Day.
According to The Washington Post, Capriles is representing the Justice First Party, previously served as governor of the Miranda, and is viewed as a moderate with center-left views.
This is Chavez's third time running for office, following wins in 1999 and 2006. He also won the recall vote in 2004. Chavez 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.
As Latinos Post reported, Chavez is calling for his supporters to vote early on Sunday.
"It should be at 3 a.m. Get some nice coffee, some good chocolate, an early breakfast. We have to work very hard in the logistics, the deployment. Water, food for the troops, transport to the polls, to the voting centers," said Chavez during a campaign rally.
Latinos Post will have coverage of Sunday's Venezuelan election