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Turnout Figures in Venezuelan Assembly Vote Manipulated - Election Company

Sputnik News

20:01 02.08.2017

The past elections of the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly faced the participation data manipulation, according to CEO of the Smartmatic company, which has provided electronic voting technology for elections in Venezuela.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The results of the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly election were manipulated, and the actual turnout might differ by at least one million, the Smartmatic company, which has provided electronic voting technology for elections in Venezuela, said Wednesday.

"Due to the existence of this robust automatized voting system we can know, without doubts, that the past elections of the Constituent assembly faced the participation data manipulation," Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said, as quoted by the BBC broadcaster.

Mugica noted that a full audit would help to find out the exact number of voters and compare the figures with the number of the bulletins cast during the elections. The company assumed that the difference may amount to up to a million voters.

"It is with the deepest regret that we have to report that the turnout numbers on Sunday 30th July for the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela were tampered with," Mugica said.

On Sunday, Venezuela held the election of the Constituent Assembly, which will be charged with rewriting the constitution. The opposition did not recognize the results of the vote, saying the decision to convene the assembly should be made via referendum. According to the country's National Electoral Council, the voter turnout was 41.53 percent.

Venezuela, mired in a deep economic crisis caused by the fall of oil prices, has been facing mass protests since spring. The manifestations were initially a response to the decision of the country's top court to severely limit legislative powers of the parliament. Despite the fact that the decision was eventually overturned, the protests continued.

In May, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced his decision to convene the National Constituent Assembly. Maduro's move was regarded by the opposition as an attempted coup and resulted in a further escalation of tensions and numerous casualties. The election to the new legislative body took place on Sunday but their results are not recognized by most countries in the region.


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