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“Generalized massive fraud” in Venezuela Oct 7

The opposition politician and presidential candidate Pablo Medina has filed suit in the Venezuelan supreme court, asking it to declare the results of the recent presidential election on October 7, 2012, null and void, due to the presence of generalized and massive fraud. The lawsuit was also mentioned by the independent TV-channel Globovision last night. This is the actual document.

Given that the supreme court is no more independent from the ruler than is the electoral authority, the team of lawyers around Medina are planning to also introduce the matter to international courts such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and the legal system for defense of human rights in the OAS.

The opposition candidate Henrique Capriles was poised to win by a significant margin, but towards the end of the election day all stops were pulled to enable Hugo Chávez to get more “votes”, without any consideration for how those “votes” were obtained. Military coercion, threats, violence against poll workers and observers; all of these methods and more were employed in a grand scale. That is why I characterize the event as an election military self-coup: Military force was key in making the opposition stand down and thus overrunning the constitution, and that is the definition of a “military coup”.

Proof of Election Fraud in Venezuela

There have been warnings from the so-called alternative opposition in Venezuela, groups outside of the established politics, alleging that the voter rolls are inflated with zombie voters, or “votantes fantasmas” as they are called in Spanish. Millions of them. Now after the election it has been proven, as this video shows. I’ve tried it out myself before cne.gov.ve shut down the service yesterday. It’s true. The same physical person (name, birthdate, address) appears two times with different ID numbers, voting at the same polling place but at different tables. Maybe we should call it “shadow voters,” as in both the person and his or her shadow will cast a vote. Based on the prior estimates of the number of these shadow voters, this can have increased the vote for Chávez by about 2 million. Remove them and Capriles would have won handily.

Another – and unexpected – method of fraud has now also been denounced. It was unexpected because it is so brazen; it requires the cooperation of thousands of election technicians. Voting is electronic in Venezuela, so there has to be technicians to manage the voting computers. At the end of the election day, these computers are sending data to a central location for summing the results up. The fraud was executed, according to these technicians, by changing the figures in the computers before transmitting them, and – obviously – before printing the reports that are signed by the poll workers. It was possible by giving all the technicians the usernames and passwords of people with the highest access level, something that was provided by SEBIN (the political police) on the election day morning. The technicians were made to cooperate by bribing them, and if that didn’t work, by taking their families hostage, says the document, and backs up its credibility by providing URLs, user names, passwords, and access codes to the entire Venezuelan election system. (Several of the computers are apparently blocked from access from abroad, but were online yesterday for access from within Venezuela.)

A source on the ground has told me that at his voting table, there were 250 persons that he knows to be supporters of Capriles who voted, yet Capriles only got about 150 votes according to the computer. This observation is consistent with the method of election fraud that the CNE whistleblower technicians allege, and adds to their credibility.

The fact that there has been fraud is in plain view. All you have to do is to look at this map of the result (from El Nuevo Herald). It has the western state of Zulia in red, but that state is the stronghold of the anti-Chávez opposition. The fraud is so blatant that people understand it took place even though the opposition candidate himself says that “we have found no evidence of fraud.” He is obviously being disingenuous. Why? I don’t know, but I do know that it is typical of electoral dictatorships, where the opposition is in a dependent situation in relation to the regime. It’s a case of the Stockholm syndrome.

Map of election result
The official election result from CNE. Red states were won by Chávez, blue by Capriles. Note that Zulia in the far west is red!

Smoking Gun for Election Fraud in Venezuela

A last-minute illegal rule change has removed the last shred of transparency from the October 7 presidential elections, effectively turning the country into an “electoral dictatorship.”

With opposition candidate Henrique Capriles appearing the likely winner in the October 7 presidential elections in Venezuela, and incumbent president Hugo Chávez repeatedly having asserted that he will never allow himself to be removed from power, the regime has now announced illegal last minute changes to the election procedures, which may allow for large-scale but un-detectable election fraud, according to Voto Limpio.

Election experts at Voto Limpio warn that these last-minute changes to the election rules may be designed to allow the regime to declare victory regardless of how people actually vote. Under the new rules, neither the printed voter roll, nor the indelible ink will be used to prevent multiple voting, or to verify that a voter is eligible to vote. Instead a “black box” machine will pronounce who gets to vote and who doesn’t. By violating all democratic norms, the rule change itself is thus the proverbial “smoking gun.”

Together with the irregularities in the un-audited voter rolls, widely suspected to contain millions of “zombie voters,” these changes will make it possible for government supporters to vote several times, and for opponents of the government to be denied the opportunity to vote even once. As Joseph Stalin said, “It’s not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes.”

These procedural changes were published August 28, just six weeks prior to the election. The deadline for any changes according to the law is six months. Another illegal change, that time to the election law itself, was made 4 months before of the election: The article that prohibited any device from being attached to the voting machine was changed to allow finger-print scanners to be connected.

Independent tests have revealed that the finger-print scanner was incapable of performing its duty, to assure the principle one person – one vote, yet the regime insisted on using it. There has been suspicion that the purpose of the scanner really was to intimidate fearful voters, given that 8.5 million Venezuelans are directly dependent on government payouts, and given that the regime in the past has denied benefits to persons and family members just for having expressed support for the opposition.

However, with the latest rule change it has become clear that the introduction of the scanner has done away with the traditional methods to check identity and prevent double voting. The new rules say that as long as half the name is correct the person can vote, even if there is no match in fingerprint, or indeed no fingerprint at all. Furthermore, if the machine says that a voter already has voted, that voter will be denied the right to vote, even if there is no record of him/her voting in the voter roll, and even if there is no sign of ink on the finger. The determination of voter eligibility is thus a process into which the opposition or independent election observers have no effective insight or control.

These two patently illegal changes could be a result of Chávez’s poor polling results. Political consultant and analyst Eric Ekvall, who has managed campaigns in Venezuela for several decades, estimates that “Capriles is now leading Chávez by 15 points, taking into account the ‘fear factor’ bias in local polling,” which pollsters attribute to the fact that about one in ten Venezuelans lie to poll interviewers out of fear of being identified as an opponent of Chávez.

Venezuela has used electronic voting since 2004, and has, according to Guillermo Salas – a Venezeulan student of the subject – committed election fraud ever since. The typical procedure has been to hugely inflate the number of votes for the government, while somewhat decreasing it for the opposition. The result is that the number of voters in some areas has become larger than the population.

The latest changes allow for so much arbitrariness that they effectively render the elections meaningless, given that the regime now will have full and complete control over who “wins” the election. The fraud that the regime apparently is preparing is not detectable using traditional election supervision; it would take complete electronic surveillance of all communications to and from all locations involved in the voting and vote count, in order to detect it. Nobody has the access required to effectively supervise these elections.

The fact that Cuba is connected to Venezuela by an optical cable means that the fraud might even be executed in Havana, rather than within Venezuela. The only thing required for a “zombie vote” to be cast at a polling place, making it indistinguishable from a real vote, is a fake ID. All Venezuelan IDs are now issued on Cuba, and it has been reported in media that they are being issued for political purposes, to foreigners, and that multiple IDs have been given to the same person.