Venezuela official defends candidates' moves
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A Venezuelan election official is defending a decision that allowed some politicians allied with President Hugo Chavez to switch electoral districts months after the deadline.
National Electoral Council member Socorro Hernandez calls it a special case.
She says Chavez's socialist party asked for the six gubernatorial candidates to be permitted to change their voting districts in order to be able to cast ballots in the states where they were appointed to run.
Opposition coalition leader Ramon Guillermo Aveledo says the changes in voting districts shouldn't have been permitted after the April deadline and should be revoked.
Chavez's allies and opponents are competing for state gubernatorial posts in the Dec. 16 elections.
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