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Venezuela opposition concerned about armed groups

Wednesday, September 19, 2012    

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The campaign of Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles says it has detected risks of trouble at dozens of polling centres in areas where Colombian rebels or other armed groups are known to operate.

Campaign manager Leopoldo Lopez says Carpiles' campaign leaders have identified a total of 77 voting centres where they believe armed pro-Chavez Venezuelan groups or Colombian guerrillas or paramilitary groups are present in the area. That's out of a total of more than 13,800 voting centres nationwide.

Lopez says the opposition turned over the list to electoral officials and asked to meet with election authorities as well as military officers who are in charge of security.

There has been no immediate reaction by officials in President Hugo Chavez's government.

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