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Venezuela's Electoral Registry Audited by Political Parties

According to the National Electoral Council, voter registration closes at midnight on April 15.

On Tuesday, representatives of Venezuela’s main political parties will audit changes to the electoral registry made from last October 1 to February 29 of this year.

According to an explanatory document published by the National Electoral Council (CNE), the electoral registry is audited in order to determine “if the citizens registered actually exist and qualify as voters.”

The audit is aimed at certifying the accuracy of the registry and guaranteeing the transparency of electoral processes, the document states.

As of February 29, over 18.5 million people had registered to vote.

According to a CNE press release, during the audit, representatives of Venezuela’s political parties will review the electoral data and new enrollments, air any objections they may have, and learn about the process by which the electoral data was updated.

The last audit to the electoral registry was made on October 31, 2012, with the data approved until September 30, 2012.

The first international and independent audit of Venezuela’s electoral registry was done in 2005 by representatives of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
A year later, six universities and the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC) conducted an exhaustive review of the electoral data.

By 2008, technicians from 17 political parties and the CNE had created working groups to analyze changes to the registry.

Currently, only 4.5 percent of Venezuelans over 18 years of age have yet to register to vote, according to statements made earlier this month by the CNE’s rector, Sandra Oblitas.

In 1998, over 20 percent failed to register to vote. By 2010, that number had fallen to 6.24 percent.
Oblitas said that the CNE has made significant efforts to incorporate all eligible Venezuelans into the electoral registry. It has carried out nationwide voter registration campaigns and established 1,300 voter registration stations at which citizens can register and update their information.

The electoral registry closes at midnight on April 15. It will reopen at a later date for the 2013 elections.

AVN / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / March 27, 2012

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