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Venezuela: Following the Local Elections Online

Today Venezuela is taking part in elections for mayors and governors. These elections will paint the political map between States and Municipalities aligned with President Hugo Chávez or not. These results depends largely on Chávez’ popularity and can determine whether he tries to reform the Constitution once again allowing for reelection in 2012.

Venezuelan bloggers and twitter users are covering the election with the tag #23N (November 23). One can see the various tweets that are already using this tag.

A few weeks ago, a campaign was launched to encourage people to vote, and to use citizen media to talk about the elections. This video is called “Create Your Own Network” and the translation:

Did you know you can be electoral observer on November 23?

You don't need to ask permission from the CNE (National Electoral Court) or any political party

You don't need to fill out a form or wear any credential

You just need to commit yourself with your network of friends, neighbors, family and colleagues

Circulate information of which you are a witness

Send messages from your cell phone or via the internet

Use your cell phone, your camera, internet connection, your blog, and if you don't have one, this is a good time to create one, your Facebook

Create your own network of citizens

Vote and Observe!

To see all of the videos, visit Hector Palacios at Rayas y Palabras [es], who was one of the organizers of the video campaign, along with Karelia Espinoza of Explikme [es], Luis Carlos Díaz of Periodismo de Paz [es], Naky Soto Parra of Zaperoco [es], Iria Puyosa of No Suma Cero [es], and Jogreg Henriquez of Circulemos [es].

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