CARACAS – The Venezuelan opposition said on Monday that an audit of the regional elections held last Oct. 15 could show that fraud was committed because there were some 1.6 million ballots cast, on which the fingerprints do not coincide with the individuals who voted.
The speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly legislature, Julio Borges, said that in some 1.6 million cases it was unknown “if the fingerprints belonged to the people who voted,” adding that this “fraud” could be “easily detected” if the National Electoral Council (CNE) made the corresponding audits.
He said it could be that the fingerprint did not match the voter or that some voters had hand defects and were unable to place their fingerprints.
Borges said this was not a number made up by the opposition, but was obtained from the voting machines, something the witnesses from the CNE could have seen at the time.
This state of affairs indicates the possibility of “multiple voting,” since he said the fingerprint exists so that a person can vote once and the indelible ink – which wasn’t used in these elections – would show clearly if a person “had already voted.”
He said that in the states of Barinas, Bolivar, Carabobo, Cojedes, Falcon, Monagas and Vargas, the group of people who possibly voted more than once was greater than the difference by which the opposition candidates “supposedly” lost their elections.
Meanwhile, the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) of Venezuela announced on Monday that the five opposition governors elected Oct. 15 went for their swearing-in to that new institution made up solely of Chavistas and described as fraudulent by a large part of the international community.
According to the ANC message, four of the five opposition governors who won their regional elections would submit to taking their oath of office before this plenipotentiary institution in order to assume their positions, as stated in last week’s Official Gazette.
At the same time, the governor-elect of Zulia state, Juan Pablo Guanipa, told a press conference that “in no way” would he appear before the “fraudulent” National Constituent Assembly.
Last Oct. 15, the Chavismo movement won 18 gubernatorial elections of the 23 in the country, while the opposition announced that it would not recognize the results due to “irregularities” in the voting.