Chavez ally wins Venezuela poll

Venezuela elects Nicolas Maduro as president in the country's election, the Electoral Authority says.The election board says the result is irreversible and urges Venezuelans to respect the results and stay indoors.

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Maduro on speech intruder: 'They could have shot me'

Television footage captures the stage invader. Credit: Reuters

A man in a red jacket ran onto the stage during Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's inauguration speech today and grabbed the microphone, but was quickly tackled by his bodyguards.

"The security has failed totally. They could have shot me easily," Maduro said after resuming his speech to an audience that included the leaders of Brazil, Iran and Argentina.

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Fireworks in Venezuela as Madura calls for calm

Fireworks in Caracas as Venezuela elects Madura Credit: Reuters

Fireworks have been let off in Caracas as Venezuela elected Nicolas Maduro as president - opposition backers banged pots and pans in reaction to the vote result.

Venezuela's ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro called for peace and said he would be willing for Sunday's election result to be audited after officials said he took 50.76 percent of votes, compared to 49.07 percent for his rival Henrique Capriles.

"We don't want violence, we want peace," Maduro said in a speech to the nation.

"They [the opposition] want an audit, we welcome the audit ... I formally request the National Electoral Commission to carry out an audit."

Maduro wins Venezuela election with 51% of votes

Ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election on Sunday with 51 per cent of votes, the electoral authority said, allowing him to carry forward the socialist policies of the late Hugo Chavez.

Maduro's young challenger, Miranda state Governor Henrique Capriles, took 49 percent of the ballots, the authority said, in a tighter-than-expected vote.

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Fears over Venezuela's Presidential election result

Both sides in an election to choose a successor to Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez expressed confidence of victory after Sunday's vote, raising fears that the official result could be contested.

Acting President Nicolas Maduro led all polls before the vote, buoyed by Chavez's blessing before he died from cancer last month and vowing to continue the former president's self-styled socialist revolution.

But Maduro's rival, state governor Henrique Capriles, appeared to close the gap in the last days of the short campaign.

Venezuela's opposition complains of illegal voting

Following opposition complaints that some people were illegally helping elderly voters cast their ballots, Henrique Capriles urged his followers to report any violations of election laws.

But he also stressed he would respect the outcome of the vote, whatever it might be.

Venezuelan opposition leader and presidential candidate Henrique Capriles holds up his ink-stained finger after casting his ballot. Credit: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

"Today, all Venezuelans are reporters. If you see something irregular, take a picture, air it on social media," Capriles said after voting.

"But let there be no doubt, we will respect the will of the people."

Electoral authorities said voting was going smoothly and that there was no evidence of irregularities.

Given the deep mutual mistrust on both sides, some worry that a close or contested result could spark unrest.

Some 170 international observers were on hand, many from left-leaning political parties across Latin America.

Polls were due to close on Sunday, but voting continued past that in some places to accommodate queues.

Capriles alleges plan to “change” Venezuala election

Venezuela opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has alleged via Twitter there is a plan to “change” the country's election result.

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Alertamos al país y al mundo la intención de querer cambiar la voluntad expresada por el Pueblo!Hacer RT a este mensaje

Venezuela's opposition leader, Capriles, alleged there was a plan to try and change the results of the South American nation's presidential election.

"We alert the country and the world of the intention to try and change the will expressed by the people," he said in a Twitter message.

Capriles' aides confirmed the tweet was legitimate.

Government officials called it irresponsible.