Voters in some parts of Venezuela are being urged to go to the polls today in a dress rehearsal for October's presidential election. The electoral commission hopes many of the two hundred and fifty thousand voters registered at the 55 centres selected will turn out. They will be using a new electronic system in October's election, which pits President Hugo Chavez against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. It is expected to be the closest vote yet for Mr. Chavez. If the election goes ahead as planned on October seventh, voters in Venezuela will have to identify themselves by their fingerprints before they go on to vote using an electronic system. Venezuela’s electoral commission will also be testing its telephone and satellite communications between their headquarters in Caracas and centres across the country. Campaigning is already in full swing ahead of the election, which could be the closest contest yet for President Chavez. He has been in power since 1999, but was diagnosed with cancer last year. More than 30 opposition parties have backed a single candidate, Henrique Capriles, to challenge the leftist president.
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