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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

ANDRES OPPENHEIMER RESPONDS

On the question of how dare I question the credibility of Venezuela's National Electoral Commission (CNE,) there are good reasons to be skeptical about it. First, the studies I mentioned in the column, showing that the voting registry in the state of Zulia showed nearly 2,000 people named Gonzalez, born in the same day of the same year, who happened to register to vote on the same day in 2004. Hmmm! Then, El Nuevo Herald reported today that the national voting register includes 39,000 people aged over 100, including one Josefina Molina Lantz, who is 175 years old.

9 Comments:

Blogger William said...

Su idea me parece fabulosa, solo por un detalle que ud no menciona, de votar con las manos atadas el gobierno automaticamente sabria quienes son los opositores y comenzarian las retaliaciones, despidos de funcionarios publicos, persecusion, ademas del clima de violencia que generarian los seguidores del gobierno, ya que los opositores podrian ser atacados por los circulos bolivarianos. De manera que creo que su planteamiento es inviable.

11:44 AM  
Blogger leftside said...

Andres, these are adminstrative mistakes. We are talking about data entry here, relax. If there was a michevious plan do you think they would put 100 (or 175) year olds on the register? Come on, an audit has already been performed by a very competent group, which found a few problems but nothing big.

Need specifics: A CNE-commissioned independent audit of the electoral registry, conducted by CAPEL (Electoral Advising and Promotion Center) of the Inter-American Human Rights Center (IIDH) stated, though, “The technical team of IIDH/CAPEL did not find evidence that imply a delegitimation of the electoral registry of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.” The CAPEL report further stated, “None of the sensitive inconsistencies, which are determinant for the reliability of the electoral registry surpassed 5% of the allowed for margin of error.”

CAPEL audited the entire electoral registry of 14 million registered Venezuelans, checking it for duplicate ID numbers, duplicate names, and other inconsistencies. CAPEL also examined databases of deceased, the citizenship registry, and visited a random sample of 14,000 registered voters at their registered address. For one of the potentially most likely causes of voter fraud, whereby the same person votes more than once, using the name of a deceased person, CAPEL found 54,951 cases. Rodriguez explained that prior to the last election the CNE had already removed over 400,000 names of deceased persons from the electoral registry and that removing newly deceased individuals is not yet as automatic as it needs to be. The nearly 55,000 deceased in the voter registry represent 0.38% of the entire registry.

I know there was no reporting on this when it came out a couple months ago (why?), but it is true nonetheless. The opposition will have to come better.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous armando flores.venezuela said...

es una verdadera lastima q ustedes no conoscan la realidad venezolana, un presidente electo y reelecto,q hoy dia goza con una altisima popularidad (entre 65 y 68%). la oposicion venezolana esta en desgaste por sus propias estupideces cometidas, digan lo que digan ustedes CHAVEZ es hoy en dia un gran lider.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Editor said...

You can read a post comments in spanish clicking:
El Informe
El fraude electoral acompaña a la América latina en mayor o menor medida pero nunca en ninguna medida.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Eduardo Vera said...

En consideracion a lo solicitado por el Miami Herald he borrado toda foto, logo, o referencia a ese periodico para evitar confusion en los lectores.
Del mismo modo si Ud. tiene molestia en que le sean copiados y pegados sus articulos, tambien me es indiferente borrar y dar de baja el weblog.
No me parece de la mas minima importancia sus opiniones sino el respeto a los lectores del Nuevo Herald que no poseen un weblog en español, y deben compartir este sitio.
La idea de compartir no me parece para nada descabellada por supuesto; pero del mismo modo se podría decir que debiera desaparecer el Nuevo Herald pues todos pueden leer el Miami Herald.
Ambos tienen un fin y un público, el que compartan es pura decisión de los lectores pero la "falta" de weblog en el sitio en español aparece incómoda teniendo en cuanta que Ud. publica justamente sobre temas Latinoamericanos.
Estoy dando de baja al weblog y a mi suscripcion del Miami Hearld.
Tambien considero que una sociedad que domina dos o mas lenguas es mas educada y civilizada, ¿pero como haría Ud.? ¿haría desaparecer el Miami Hearld o el Nuevo Herald?

3:28 AM  
Blogger Aleksander Boyd said...

Not to mention that the group of universities 'selected' to 'audit' the register -some of which are yet to graduate its first student- are part of the executive. The CNE has no business in imposing or negotiating conditions upon which audits to its performance are to be carried out. Their stance is in blatant violation to all current legislation.

9:19 AM  
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