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A recall in figures
About 118,000 troops will be deployed in Sunday recall vote in the so-called Plan República (a military-led security operation to protect elections)
How many people can vote in August 15 recall against President Hugo Chávez? How many people will work at the voting centers? How much have the electoral authorities spent in this referendum? These and more answers below


* Total number of voting centers: 8,500

* Automated centers: 4,766 (90 percent of voters)

* Voting tables: 18,000

* A total of 216,000 people were chosen in a randomised selection to work at the tables: 72,000 as members and secretaries, the rest as substitutes.

* Number of balloting papers printed to be used in case of irreversible flaws of machines: 4,500,000 (30 percent of voters)

* Number of machines: 20,200

* Spare machines: 1,000

* Computers per center: approximately four

* The national telecommunication company Cantv will provide 13,000 people for the recall: 11,005 employers, 280 call center technicians, 50 follow up analysts, 1,097 support technicians (to solve failures in voting equipment), 175 technical supervisors, and 31 project coordinators.

* The data transmission to the main counting center and the alternate center will use 7,153 fixed lines, 500 wireless modems, 162 satellite connexions, and 10,300 cellular lines.

* The SBC holding is only able to replace 5 percent of the machines.

* Number of officers from the Plan República (a military-led security operation to protect elections): 118,000

* Venezuelan voters abroad: 50,588. A total of 9,000 voters are in Miami

* Voting centers abroad: 115.

* Eight out of 10 tourists (80 percent) decided to postpone their vacations for a date after August 18.

* Number of signatures that triggered the recall vote: 2,569,584

* Number of signatures needed to be gathered to convoke a recall vote: 2,438,083

* Number of votes needed to revoke the presidential mandate: 3,757,773

* Opposition's electoral base, gathered during the campaign for a consultative referendum, and the first and second signature collections for the recall vote: 4,700,000.

* Total votes in previous elections: In 1988, Carlos Andrés Pérez gained presidency with 3,870,000 votes. In 1983, Jaime Lusinchi won 3,780,000 votes. In 2000, Chávez was re-legitimated as president with 3,757,773 votes.

* The budget of the National Electoral Council (CNE) to pay for international observation logistics is VEB 448,800,000 ($234,000). The most outstanding items in this budget are: gifts (VEB 13 millions), parties for 300 guests (VEB 30 millions), car renting (VEB 90 millions), food (VEB 24 millions), lodging of observers (VEB 145 millions), air tickets (VEB 39 millions).

* In March, the CNE bought 20,200 voting machines to SBC Holding for $63.5 million. The transaction included voting equipment, license for the use of firmware, 44,000 balloting papers, energy support system for 50 percent of the machines, software and counting hardware.

* The CNE bought 14,000 fingerprint-reading machines to Cogent System for $53.9 million. It also signed a contract for satellite transmission of results with Gilat Network, for $13.2 million.

* The definite electoral registry approved by the directorate of the National Electoral Council includes 14,245,615 voters. Since 215,587 of them are foreigners (and cannot vote in the presidential recall), only 14,037,900 voters could possibly vote in the referendum against President Hugo Chávez.

Translated by Teresa León

See also:
- RECALL COUNTDOWN - Friday: Military troopers guarding recall vote are subordinate to the CNE

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