Venezuelans will head to the polls in the coming hours for a presidential election that current President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win.

He's expected to fend off a challenge by the main opposition candidate, Henri Falcon.

Two other candidates are also in the fray - but the main opposition coalition is boycotting the vote.

The lack of unity in the opposition is seen as a further advantage for Maduro.

Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports now from Caracas.

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