Chavez supporters celebrated the victory of their president, who now has a mandate to rule for a further six years.
Claiming victory, Mr Chavez told supporters Venezuela was firmly on track to socialism.
The people of Venezuela went to the polls on Sunday to vote in presidential elections.
The country has 16 million people eligible to vote.
"Everybody to vote" is what the headline in the newspaper reads.
And the media predictions rang true as long queues formed outside polling stations from dawn onwards.
Soldiers had to wait their turn to cast their ballots.
Every voter was fingerprinted to verify their identity
Mr Chavez arrived at the polling station in a red Volkswagen Beetle.
His main challenger, Manuel Rosales, was greeted like a pop star when he went to vote but ultimately conceded defeat.