Venezuelans are preparing for municipal elections on June 3rd -- the first time in the country's democratic history that they'll have been held separately from a national poll.
GV Jeep with tortoise effigy on roof top, with white flags waving followed by other cars with people waving banners. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Woman wearing white cap running along road and waving to motorists.
SV Car bedecked with election posters PAN TO cars driving down street with white flags flying from them.
SV Supporters of Yvonne Attas preparing for rally and waving green flags. (3 SHOTS)
GV Jeep with loudspeakers and green flags heads motorcade down street. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Venezuelans are preparing for municipal elections on June 3rd -- the first time in the country's democratic history that they'll have been held separately from a national poll. With the campaign nearing its end, voters are being courted by the three main political parties contending for power.
SYNOPSIS: The tortoise symbol represents an attack on the government party COPEI -- the Christian Democrats -- for allegedly failing to tackle the country's problems. Other parties involved are the Social Democrats, fielding candidates under the Democratic Action party banner, and a coalition of the left. Venezuela's municipal councils are responsible for local affairs including water supplies and public transport.
A number of women candidates are standing for office, a rare occurrence in South America. This rally was held to support Yvonne Attas, a Syrian-born Social Democrat. She's journalist and a well-known face on television as an actress.
The parties appeal to voters to remember the colour of their symbols -- green for one party, white for another. At the polls the candidates will be indicated on the ballot papers by the colour of their particular party. It's a common practice in the region where many voters are unable to read.