CARACAS, Friday October 15, 2004 | Update
Tulio Alvarez, a constitutionalist lawyer heading a commission
designated by the opposition to investigate an alleged vote
fraud during the August 15 presidential referendum, Friday
published his final report on the abnormalities found during
the referendum and warned that such irregularities are to
appear during the October 31 regional and local election.
He reminded that a second goal of his investigation is "warning against the different mechanisms involved in the qualitative, massive, and continued fraud that was perpetrated in Venezuela in August 15." According to Alvarez, this fraud is to be committed again "if we participate in the October 31 election."
He stressed that his investigation has convinced people that the "Electoral Registry has been the subject of a terrible manipulation." Therefore, "the National Electoral Council (CNE) does not have authority, legitimacy, suitability, impartiality to run any election in Venezuela."
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.