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CARACAS, Monday April 29, 2013 | Update
 
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ELECTION 2013

Electoral officer: the election audit should dispel doubts

National Electoral Council director Vicente Díaz insisted that in order to dispel doubts about the presidential election results, the National Electoral Council should disclose the records of the Comprehensive Authentication System (SAI), audit the voters' fingerprints and reach an agreement with the petitioner (the opposition) on their access to voters' lists

Díaz: "We, as National Electoral Council, failed to ensure balance in this election"
EL UNIVERSAL
Monday April 29, 2013  12:25 PM
National Electoral Council's director Vicente Díaz does not believe that the presidential vote held in Venezuelan on April 14 was fraudulent. However, he does think that the electoral race was "unfair and anti-democratic," and therefore the Venezuelans questioning the results should be given the opportunity to conduct an audit. 

"We, as National Electoral Council (CNE), failed to ensure balance in this election (...) It is not the directors (of CNE) who have to be certain about the results, but voters, the country," Díaz admitted.

Therefore, Díaz added, an election audit should dispel the doubts of the people questioning the results, "otherwise it makes no sense to conduct an audit under the terms the CNE wants." Díaz agreed with opposition leader Ismael García, who stressed that the results would be recognized only if the audit were carried out under the terms agreed by the parties involved.

Díaz insisted that in order to dispel doubts about the presidential election results, the CNE should disclose the records of the Comprehensive Authentication System (SAI), audit the voters' fingerprints and reach an agreement with the petitioner (the opposition) on their access to voters' lists.
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