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CARACAS, Thursday April 25, 2013 | Update
 
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ELECTION 2013 | Dissenters are to resort to international bodies

Capriles to contest the results of the presidential election of April 14

The former presidential candidate for the opposition coalition MUD conditioned his participation in the audit of 46% of the ballot boxes on the delivery of the voter's rolls by the National Electoral Council. "If we are denied access to the voter's rolls, we will not participate in a tinpot audit (...) because it is a mockery of Venezuelans"

In any democracy, people have the right to ask for a vote recount, said Henrique Capriles (Globovisión)
ALEJANDRA M. HERNÁNDEZ F. |  EL UNIVERSAL
Thursday April 25, 2013  10:47 PM
The former presidential candidate for the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), Henrique Capriles, said late on Thursday that if the National Electoral Council (CNE) denies the opposition access to the voter's rolls, they will not participate in the audit of 46% of the ballot boxes and then will formally contest the results of the presidential election of April 14.

"If we are denied access to the voter's rolls, we will not participate in a tinpot audit (...) because it is a mockery of Venezuelans," Capriles said during an interview in a special show broadcast by private TV news channel Globovisión and hosted by journalist Román Losinski.

The Miranda state governor also insisted that Nicolás Maduro stole the votes of the presidential election. In Capriles' view, Maduro did not win the votes that were announced by the CNE. The opposition leader once again stressed that the way to prove his hypothesis is by conducting an audit based on the voter's rolls.

"Voters have to sign and stamp their fingerprint on voter's rolls. This is the most important evidence that you showed up and exercised your right to vote," he said.

He asserted that he would exhaust all legal remedies in Venezuela, but warned that the opposition alliance would resort to international bodies as well.
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