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Venezuela Votes

As Venezuelans began to vote on Sunday, reported the New York Times, President Hugo Chávez told his followers and opponents to respect the outcome of the races across Venezuela.

“We are prepared to recognize any result,? Chávez said in televised comments after voting.

The BBC reported that last year President Chavez had his first electoral defeat in almost 10 years, losing a referendum that would have let presidents seek indefinite re-election.

His government's failure to control crime and inflation are voters' main concerns said the BBC.