Venezuelan Vice President José Vicente Rangel Sunday
said he is absolutely confident that the National Electoral
Council (CNE) is an impartial arbiter and said he wished elections
in the United States were "as transparent as the Venezuelan
He ensured that the regional and local election is taking
place in peace, but admitted he is concerned about abstention,
saying that abstention rates are traditionally high in Venezuelan
regional and local elections.
Rangel he indicated that voters may witness the scrutiny
of the ballots, but not an audit to be conducted on the computerized
balloting machines once the election is completed.