Venezuela's October 7, 2012, presidential election was the most contested and intense in the last decade. Despite the opposition's hopes for a change, President Hugo Chávez gained a clear victory over opponent Henrique Capriles, adding six more years to his current 14-year rule. With this victory, Chávez is poised to lead the country for 20 years, from 1999 to 2019.
The traffic on social networks –particularly on Twitter– was extremely intense before, during, and after the elections. Venezuelans are avid Twitter users, making this platform their main means to communicate, debate, and share information. Citizens and organizations also set up crowdsourcing maps and monitoring initiatives to expose and record abuses during the campaign.
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Featured Stories – Venezuela Elections 2012
09 Oct – The Venezuelan Elections, From Panama
09 Oct – Venezuela: Post-Election Reflections
08 Oct – Venezuela: Chávez Era to Extend for Six More Years
07 Oct – Venezuela: Election Day Tweets and Hashtags
07 Oct – Venezuela: Pictures of Election Day
05 Oct – Venezuela: ‘Faces and Voices’ of Two Sides of an Election
05 Oct – Collaboration on Crowdsourced Mapping in Venezuela
04 Oct – Venezuela: Twitter Handbook Focuses on Citizen Election Coverage
04 Oct – Venezuela: Where's the Capriles Excitement?
03 Oct – Venezuela: ‘Hangouts’ for the Election's Final Stretch
03 Oct – Venezuela: A Final Look at the Polls
02 Oct – Venezuela: Capriles Campaign Closes with Mass Rally in Caracas
25 Sep – Venezuela: Electoral TwitCam
19 Sep – Venezuela: Discussion and Debate on the Road to Election Day
12 Sep – Venezuela's 2012 Election Guide