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Response to Igel (Reply #28)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 02:28 PM

30. Former US President Carter: Venezuelan Electoral System “Best in the World”

This observation has been posted here by two D.U.'ers, indepently, at different recent time, in different forums, and is freely available, among many other statements made by former President Jimmy Carter over the last decade:

Kurovski
Wed Oct 3, 2012, 03:25 AM

Former US President Carter: Venezuelan Electoral System “Best in the World”

Speaking at an annual event last week in Atlanta for his Carter Centre foundation, the politician-turned philanthropist stated, “As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world.”

Venezuela has developed a fully automated touch-screen voting system, which now uses thumbprint recognition technology and prints off a receipt to confirm voters’ choices.

In the context of the Carter Centre’s work monitoring electoral processes around the globe, Carter also disclosed his opinion that in the US “we have one of the worst election processes in the world, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money,” he said referring to lack of controls over private campaign donations.

http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/7272

http://www.democraticunderground.com/101643573#post24

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Please see Peace Patriot's post regarding the voting system:

The Carter Center praises Venezuela's election system

More news you won't hear anything about EVER in the Corporate Press:

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Carter Center: Venezuelan elections historically fair

Jennifer McCoy of the Atlanta-based Carter Center said in an interview with Infobae Latinoamerica that her organization’s observer missions to Venezuela have found the country’s electoral system safe and trustworthy.

“There is a system of pre-electoral auditing to audit the software, hardware, and voting machines where political parties are able to say whether those audits are alright and are working correctly”, McCoy said.

She also stressed the role of post-electoral audits in Venezuela, which “are done to see if the official electronic results coincide with the vote counting. They have done the counting and they have never had any significant discrepancy between the paper receipts and the electronic votes”.

McCoy, who is the head of the Carter Center’s Americas Program, said that her organization will be present during Venezuela’s presidential elections this October 7 as an “informal observer”.

“We decided we want to have a more informal role in observing the political developments so we can carry out interviews with political actors and national observers to see how they view the electoral process in Venezuela”, she explained.

The journalist who interviewed McCoy suggested results might be very close, leaving room for contention, to which she argued that in her experience Venezuela’s electoral system is safe.

McCoy rejected the possibility of fraud, saying that the electoral process has many guarantees. She indicated that the system is trustworthy all the way from the registration of candidates to the voting itself.

http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/COI124.pdf

More:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/11085297

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