The electoral council announced this morning that Chavez had 58% of the votes.
I can say, while being objective, that this is simply not true. The goverment played its card, requiring voters to use a special machine which captures fingerprints, which failed most of the time (it even failed on the president himself).
Lines were long, and i mean LONG. People got up at 3am and most didn't leave up to 3pm. I myself waited until it was 7:30pm to go and only had to be 3 hours in line.
This results ARE NOT LEGIT. I have proof myself. I own several scanner radios, where i could heard the fraud going on.
They were bringing people from across the colombian border. There were talking about voting twice (don't know how, since we get inked at the end of the voting), although all electoral members were put by the goverment, figure how!
Thy bet we would get out of the lines due to the sun and getting tired. Maybe some did, but i tell you lot of people didn't.
People who had voted, went to the stores and bought food and drinks for the people in line. Talk about union in the voters. Feeding completely strangers. That's who we venezuelans are.
Via "exit polls" people were knowing the results. Opposition said they had 58% while goverment said they had 65%.
No one of the international observers (OAS, Carter Center) have announced anything. There were reports of the electronic machines changing votes. There is a rumor that a YES vote counted as a YES AND NO vote.
So, i say fraud. Unexpected? Hell no.
UPDATE 8/17: The opposition has proved that the electronic machines had a maximum ceiling vote for the YES option, making any vote for that option beyond that fixed number have an unknown destination