It is close to 6:30 PM in Caracas and the cat and mouse game of whether to close voting centers or not has begun. I was never clear whether this matters or not, but seems to be repeated every tie.
Once again, the Government violated the law all day, with Maduro openly campaigning for some of his candidates and using political slogans. The First Ladyness did the same. What else is new?
Abstention is high as expected, which creates uncertainty on both sides, as it becomes difficult to tell where your candidates are doing well, as abstention can be heterogeneous. However, abstention can also be asymmetrical , which is what both Chavismo and the opposition fear at this time. The MUD knows the numbers look good for them in their traditional areas, but where the races are up in the air, there is uncertainty.
Maduro suggested results would be “tight”, could this be a warning that results will not be available until late?
PSUV Motorcycle gangs begin to drive around some cities including Caracas. Not clear what is their plan.