CARACAS, Thursday April 18, 2013 | Update

Venezuelan Electoral Council's inconsistent information causes confusion

Information disclosed by the National Electoral Council with respect to for April 14 presidential election outlines the number of voters duly registered to vote (TV screen capture)
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Thursday April 18, 2013  11:27 AM
Lack of consistency in the information criteria established by the Venezuelan National Electoral Council to announce via web the results from the presidential election held in October 7, 2012 and April 14, 2013 has made many voters believe that the Electoral Council has arbitrarily modified the register of voters for April 14 election.

According to information published on the CNE's website, some 18.854 million people were duly registered to vote on October 7 whereas 18.904 million people were expected to vote in April 14.

Following the unexpected call for a new presidential election for 2013, the electoral directors said that due to the limited time there would be no changes in the register of votes, except for that of ruling party candidate Nicolás Maduro.

However, by contrasting the number of people registered by October 7 and April 14 elections, 49,429 people were incorporated to vote in the last election despite the previous announcement.  The misunderstanding has been caused by inconsistency in the criteria to disclose the electoral results. While the figure (18.854 million) shown with respect to October 7 corresponds to the number of votes reviewed and counted, the figure shown (18.904) with respect to April 14 election belongs to the total of people registered for the election.
The end of a cycle

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."