CARACAS, Monday September 06, 2004 | Update
A group of Venezuelan engineers and experts in mathematics
rebutted the statement of U.S. statistician Jonathan Taylor,
on whose researches The Carter Center based to claim that
no fraud was committed in the August 15 revoking referendum
on President Hugo Chávez, and Taylor publicly backed
down in his web page (www.stat.standford.edu/jtaylo/)
and admitted he was wrong.
Jorge Rodríguez, a spokesman for the group, previously said they sent Taylor a mathematic model the engineer Elio Valladared developed to show Taylor that is was highly unlikely that similar results were obtained in 336 different voting stations, as Taylor ensured.
Rodríguez added that Taylor sent him an e-mail admitting: "I have realized my model was wrong."
"Therefore, the figures The Economist quoted (in an article by The Carter Center official Jennifer McCoy claiming that the August 15 recall vote was transparent) are seriously defective."
Taylor corrected his model and admitted that the new results "all almost identical to yours. I regret not having realized my mistake before the article was published in The Economist."
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.