CARACAS, Thursday April 25, 2013 | Update

Opposition: Voters' usurpation changed election results

Opposition campaign team Simón Bolívar said they are working to validate a number of hypotheses

The opposition campaign team said the National Electoral Council has sent no written reply to their communications (Handout photo)
Thursday April 25, 2013  12:32 PM
The opposition campaign team Simón Bolívar's multidisciplinary task force, which prepared the protocols for the audit to be conducted on the results of the presidential election held on April 14, on Wednesday presented again their petitions to the National Electoral Council. They called for "unrestricted access" to all the elements comprising the electoral system (automated or not), particularly comprehensive review of the voters' list, as they want to validate some hypotheses, such as the systematic usurpation of voters.

A member of the opposition campaign team, Roberto Picón, said, "We are sure that we won because many people voted, but they should have not." Further, Picón highlighted some irregularities –votes cast by deceased people, homonyms, repeated signatures and fingerprints, and nearly 1.5 million people who voted with unregistered fingerprints– that would be confirmed upon the assessment of voter's lists.

The campaign team stressed there is no use in conducting an audit if the National Electoral Council fails to provide access to the necessary data. It also urged ruling party PSUV's experts and international observers from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the European Union to join the audit.

The team also reaffirmed that all the requests have been submitted to the National Electoral Council in written form, but the body has not replied so far.
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