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ELECTION 2013

Electoral body: The presidential vote is over; the results are irreversible

"Audits do not lead to results; it is important to keep this in mind," said Sandra Oblitas, director of the Nacional Electoral Council (CNE)

"Audits do not lead to results; it is important to keep this in mind," director of the Nacional Electoral Council (CNE) Sandra Oblitas declared on Saturday (TV screen capture)
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Saturday April 20, 2013  11:40 PM
Sandra Oblitas, a director of the Nacional Electoral Council (CNE), on Saturday declared that if anyone disagrees with the results of April 14 presidential vote, they should resort to the relevant bodies, particularly the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ).

Oblitas, who is the vice-president of the CNE, warned that, for the National Electoral Council, the the presidential vote "is over" and the results are "irreversible."

Oblitas warned that the CNE decision announced on Thursday to conduct an additional audit of 46% of the ballot boxes that were not audited on April 14 "is not a recount. The audit will be conducted under the technical standards provided by the CNE."

She clarified that "the vote recount is not provided for under the electoral law. It rather provides for verification of the system operation. Political players know this. Whoever has disagreements should resort to the relevant bodies."

"We have agreed to (...) to expand the citizen-initiated audit in its second phase, which started today (April 14) and therefore conduct the audit on 46% of the ballot boxes that were not audited on the election day," said president of the CNE, Tibisay Lucena, in a public statement on April 14.

However, on Saturday, Oblitas stressed, "The results were announced on April 14 and they are irreversible, as always. When the National Electoral Council announces the results to the country it means that they are irreversible," added Oblitas.

She noted that "for the CNE, the election is over" and the body is "focused on the verification" of the balloting technological platform.

"Audits do not lead to results; it is important to keep this in mind," she said.
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