Electoral body puts off talk on fingerprints, audit, and Maduro
Experts claim there is no way to breach the secrecy of the vote
Although a meeting of the directors of the electoral body was convened for Thursday, the meeting did not take place. Therefore, they failed to discuss the three proposals advanced by CNE's director Vicente Díaz on May 8: 1) Conducting a fingerprint non-duplicity audit of voters turning out on April 14 presidential election; 2) Producing right away a report incidences of SAI; and 3) Reviewing voters' lists in search of people already dead by the time the election was held and whose names had not been erased from the register of voters.
Since the heads of the electoral body have failed to hold a meeting so far, there has been neither a discussion nor a single statement regarding Maduro's words affirming that the authorities had already identified the names and identity numbers of some 900,000 individuals who voted Chávez on the presidential election held on October 7, 2012, but did not cast their votes on the presidential election of April 14, 2013.
In the meantime, opposition experts state Nicolás Maduro may well be informed about who did not vote (with respect to October 7 election), if the CNE granted privileged access to the electronic voters' lists (kept in ballot machines the day of the election) or if ruling party PSUV was given privileged access to data from the Voters Information System (SIE), used in polling centers with two or three polling stations.
Nevertheless, experts assert there is no way to breach the secret of the ballot.
Experts from the National Electoral Board believe that the results of the audit may be available by mid-September, when all procedures will have been completed.
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.