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Judge Says Manual Recount Not Available in Venezuela

A manual recount of votes isn't possible in Venezuela, the head of the country's Supreme Court said Wednesday, suggesting there is no legal basis for the opposition's push for a ballot-by-ballot audit of the narrow presidential election results.

In nationally televised remarks, Venezuelan Chief Justice Luisa Estella Morales said Venezuela's 1999 constitution eliminated manual recounts in favor of a "system audit."

"In Venezuela the electoral system is completely automated. Therefore, a manual count does not exist. Anyone who thought that could really happen has been deceived," she said. "The majority of those who are asking for a manual count know it and are clear about it. Elections are not audited ballot by ballot but through the system."

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  • Aresen||

    Didn't someone on this website once say that we should "Trust democracy" in Venezuela?

  • Kreel Sarloo||

    So that's what happened to Katherine Harris. Chavez hired her to run his elections.

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