Workers: We were pressured to vote for Chavez

December 6, 2006 03:48

International observers backed vote results showing a landslide win for Hugo Chavez, but a European Union delegation also said it received complaints that some government employees faced pressure to support the incumbent president. The EU observers said in a preliminary report Tuesday that overall the vote was carried out smoothly and securely. The delegation noted a few areas of concern, including a high participation of public employees at Chavez's campaign events, unbalanced coverage in both state and private media, and a heavy use of government advertising by Chavez, and to a lesser degree opponent Manuel Rosales. Monica Frassoni, the Italian lawmaker who heads the EU mission, said her delegation had received "numerous complaints of pressures on public employees for them to vote for President Chavez or participate in events of his election campaign."

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