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National Electoral Council of Venezuela to Help Optimize Voting Process

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) has unveiled its new Integrated Authentication System (SAI) that will allow voters to be identified through fingerprinting, which will be used to activate the electronic voting machines, thus preventing fraud. This requires the institution to have an archive of the fingerprints of all registered voters.

So far, the CNE has recorded 16,843,542 fingerprints, and another 247,297 need to be collected. In order to do so, CNE President Tibisay Lucena announced Monday, the institution will launch a campaign called “Leave Your Mark.” She says the CNE has the names and addresses of those registered voters that have not yet been fingerprinted.

The campaign will be dedicated to calling registered voters and visiting them at their homes. It is possible that the initiative will help record 1.2 million fingerprints, given that Venezuela’s total electorate could reach 19 million, according to CNE estimates.

Lucena said that by October 7 – the date for presidential elections – they should have 100 percent of the fingerprints.

Venezuela’s electronic voting machines use fingerprinting to initiate the act of voting. It prevents voter fraud by verifying the identity of the voter and preventing repeat voting.

If the CNE is unable to collect 100 percent of the fingerprints of registered voters, procedures will be in place to collect those fingerprints on the day of the election so that all registered individuals may vote.

AVN / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / April 25, 2012

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