News: World Electoral chief: Allies of Chavez sweep gubernatorial seats in Venezuela elections December 16, 2012 | Modified: December 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment Miranda State's Gov. Henrique Capriles laughs while casting his ballot at a polling station in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Venezuelans are choosing governors and state lawmakers in elections that have become a key test of whether President Hugo Chavez's movement can endure if the socialist leader leaves the political stage. The vote is the first time in Chavez's nearly 14-year-old presidency that he has been unable to actively campaign. He hasn't spoken publicly since undergoing cancer surgery on Tuesday in Cuba. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Electoral chief: Allies of Chavez sweep gubernatorial seats in Venezuela elections. Sign Up for the Daily E-dition newsletter! Please enter your email address below to begin receiving the Daily E-dition newsletter. You must enter a valid email address in the field above! Thank you for signing up for the Daily E-dition newsletter! You should receive your first newsletter very soon. We're sorry, there was an error processing your newsletter signup. Please click here to visit our Newsletter Signup Center to register for this newsletter.