We are in the last campaign stretch and I am asking readers to help for the following, while informing of other activities:
1- Caracas event next Sunday. I cannot attend. But I would like very much to publish pictures from readers in Caracas attending. So if you are going to attend let me know so we can figure out ways to publish pictures you may be able to mail me live. NOTE: I cannot publish all and any picture because a) my internet in San Felipe sucks and b) we do not want to make the page too heavy for other victims of Venezuela's bad internet. So I will ask you to chose the pics you will send me for publication.
Also, I would like very much to have someone in EACH starting point, in particular a soul brave enough to march in Oeste part, not because of its danger but because it is the longest part.
If you plan a live tweet or facebook of your Sunday, let me know so I can advertise your tweets.
2- I will do a live tweet from the formal final closing ceremony in Barquisimeto. More details on that later. I am organizing my schedule as I may have my own press card :) We may even do a group picture of readers that may attend.
3- I am also considering a VN&V exit poll. For it to be meaningful and to be ready to publish at 7 PM a result of "tendencia" we need to have an observer in at least 25 voting stations. If you or one of your friend or relative is in a polling station let me know so we can work out a system. It does not matter whether you are a Capriles witness or an actual "miembro de mesa".
Communication would be through a safe new tweeter account to be provided. If you have no tweet we can manage an SMS system but I would prefer not as less safe in Venezuela. You can be the link between me and the witness or miembro de mesa if you can find one.
The contact will give me one tweet at opening time to confirm that installation went well and how many people are indeed registered at its voting station.
A second tweet around noon as to how many people have already voted.
A third tweet when your voting station closes.
A last (?) tweet when you know Capriles and Chavez total.
If needed additional tweets if your table is audited or if some trouble were to happen.
Of course, I will not reveal anything of the polling station info you will be attending.
I will be doing the math as results arrive, for participation etc... Note, it does not matter whether you are in a pro Chavez or pro Capriles district: what I will watch is whether the opposition vote increased since 2006 and whether the shift indicates a possible Capriles victory. Example: you are in El Cafetal where Capriles CANNOT lose. In 2006 the results were 80% participation 80% for Rosales. Well, if October 7 there is 85% participation and 85% for Capriles then this is significant although not definitive. But worry not, I will do the math.
As you may imagine this is a lot of work to set on my side (special tweet and gmail accounts, excel tables for each center, excel tables for total results, etc, etc...). So, before I get started on it I need to know by Monday if indeed I can get at least 25 people to inform me. No more than 5 overseas, by the way.