CARACAS, Thursday May 09, 2013 | Update

Mathematicians claim that election numbers in Venezuela do not match

Differences noted between voters and votes in Venezuela's election

In 2009, the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) mixed relative abstention with absolute abstention (Vicente Correale)
Thursday May 09, 2013  12:39 PM
The results released by the board of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) in several bulletins about the presidential election of April 14 exhibit "logic and numerical inconsistencies."

Such conclusion was reached by mathematicians Juan Issac and Víctor Díaz, along with engineer Ángelo Alecci.  This is not the first time that Issac and Díaz have caught inconsistencies in the results supplied by the CNE. After the recall referendum of 2009, they made a similar claim. As a result, the CNE had to correct its data on relative and absolute abstention, as the total numbers and percentages did not match.

As regards April 14, the team maintained that the logical-numerical review of the results suggests that in the first bulletin, "the amount of allocated votes (valid) is higher than the amount of counted votes (voters). This means that the first bulletin contained more votes than voters."

As appears from the videos available on YouTube on the announcement of irreversible results, CNE president Tibisay Lucena upheld that with 99.12% of counted vote logs and a turnout of 78.71%, Nicolás Maduro got 7,505,338 votes (50.66%) and Henrique Capriles Radonski accrued 7,270,403 votes (49.07%). In addition to remaining candidates, there were at that time 14,814,497 valid votes. Nevertheless, in estimating counted votes (by using the percentages of participation, transmission and the register of voters) it is concluded that only 14,748,685 voters were counted.

In the second bulletin, Issac, Díaz and Alecci reckon that the amount of votes increased by 102,560, compared with the addition of 42,470.

In the third bulletin, the logic inconsistency of the results is transferred to abstention. A comparison of the first three bulletins found that 191,909 people who theoretically had not voted on April 14, did it according to the updated results on April 15 in the afternoon.

Opposition coalition deplores addition

In the partial impeachment filed on Tuesday, May 7, by the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) with the Electoral Court of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), it is argued –among others- that in the evening of April 14, CNE President Tibisay Lucena "reported on irreversible results (...) It is untrue that such were irreversible results. As a matter of fact, such number of votes and, correspondingly, percentages, changed afterwards, upon the addition of logs."

Translated by Conchita Delgado
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."