In the end, the opposition managed to reach an agreement to have only one candidate in 19 of the 23 states, whereas the pro-Chavez forces only managed that in 11 states.
“It shows that the opposition understands that in the last regional elections they lost many governors and mayors because they were divided, but it still doesn’t mean that there is an opposition with a proposal for the country, with plans to confront poverty and exclusion,” said Tulio Hernandez, a sociologist.
Over the past few months there has also been a campaign to get all people of voting age to enrol. Registration tables can be found in many main plazas, transport points and commercial centres. A total of 16,699,576 people are now registered to vote.
In July, 201,116 new voters registered and 357,000 recorded a change of address.
August 25 is the final date to enrol and be able to vote in the November 23 elections.