File photo shows Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a campaign rally in Charallave, Miranda state, on September 9, 2012.
Venezuelan Socialist President Hugo Chavez is convinced that he will obtain 70 percent of the vote at the presidential election scheduled for early October.
Speaking at a press conference for foreign journalists in the capital Caracas on Tuesday, Chavez cited statistics to support his viewpoint. He made reference to 56 percent of votes cast for him at the 1998 election and 63 percent at the 2006 polls, state-run AVN news agency reported.
Chavez, 58, argued that Venezuela’s private media outlets do not publish results of public opinion polls that show tremendous public support for him.
“Do not ever doubt we will win,” Chavez said.
Venezuela will hold a presidential election on October 7, 2012, to choose a president for the six-year term beginning February 2013.
The main candidates are the incumbent Hugo Chavez, representing the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, and opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski representing Justice First party. Chavez is bidding for a third term in office.
There are five more candidates from different parties.
Opinion polls indicate that Chavez’s closest rival, 40-year-old Caprilez, is more than 13% points behind him.