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All candidates must accept election result: Hugo Chavez

All candidates must accept election result: Hugo Chavez
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called on all political parties to accept the result of today’s presidential election, saying the outcome ‘won’t be the end of the world for anybody.’

Chavez, 58, held a news conference on Saturday after talks with the head of a South American delegation of election experts, Carlos Alvarez, who called on all sides to accept the results published by the National Electoral Council. ‘I call on all political actors from the left, right and centre for us to prepare emotionally to accept tomorrow’s result. It won’t be the end of the world for anybody,’ Chavez said. ‘There are those who despair.’

The leftist-populist leader is facing the most formidable opponent in almost 14 years in power, opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, 40, who has surged in opinion polls, but trailed by 10 points in the latest survey. Still, undecided voters, which some polls put at more than 10 percent, could hold the key to the race.

Chavez has repeatedly accused the ‘far right’ of plotting to not recognise the result if he wins. The Union of South American Nations sent a delegation to attend the election, but it is not a full-blown observer mission. Chavez, a staunch US critic in office now for more than 14 years, has rejected observers from the Washington-based Organisation of American States.    
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