CARACAS, Tuesday April 23, 2013 | Update

Opposition rejects non-comprehensive election audit

Opposition presidential campaign team Simón Bolívar urged electoral authorities to act based on good judgment

One of the auditors appointed by the opposition coalition, Ramón José Medina, accused the electoral authorities of not recognizing the terms agreed for the election audit (Handout photo)
Tuesday April 23, 2013  11:57 AM
Ramón José Medina and Liliana Hernández, the two representatives chosen by opposition leader Henrique Capriles to take part in the audit on the presidential election held on April 14, on Monday urged Venezuelan electoral authorities to send "formal and written" replies to four written communications where dissenters outlined their required technical standards to conduct a comprehensive audit.

The petition came after National Electoral Council (CNE) top officials made different statements suggesting that the audit would have a limited scope.

Both Medina and Hernández accused the CNE of using one of its directors, Vicente Díaz, to send verbal messages to the opposition.

Hernández hinted that the CNE president Tibisay Lucena's authorization to conduct a comprehensive election audit was intended to meet requirements from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), whose presidents attended Nicolás Maduro's inauguration on April 19.

"It seems the directors (of CNE) want to delay it (the audit), but they do not realize that their answers are casting new doubts on the election," Medina admonished, following an interview of CNE director Sandra Oblitas with private TV channel Globovisión.

"We are not participating in an insufficient, poor, and short audit, as they (CNE) seem to suggest (...) We are looking for the truth; we do not want to engage in a public diatribe." Medina added, "We do believe that an audit aims at defining whether they (the results of the April 14 election) are reversible or not."

For her part, Hernández urged authorities not to tarnish a serious process. She warned this would lead to a political crisis. Hernández recommended handling the situation based on good judgment.
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."