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National Electoral Council Prepares for Elections

The technicians and staff of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) is working on the final audits and logistical details for the presidential elections on October 7 in which 80 percent of the electorate is expected to turn out at the polls.

Concluding this afternoon are audits to the electoral infrastructure in which CNE specialists and political party representatives are reviewing the physical elements of the system used to tally votes to ensure that it is working correctly.

Also underway is an audit designed to ensure that the software with the electronic ballot is correctly installed on each voting machine. So far, 80 percent of the machines have been reviewed for the more than 39,322 voting booths to be used in Venezuela and abroad at the country’s 127 diplomatic offices.

By next Wednesday and Thursday, the electoral material should have reached the voting centers located in schools around the country. On Thursday, the training of the members of the voting tables will conclude and political parties should have all their witnesses accredited with the municipal offices of the CNE.

Also next Thursday, the international accompaniers are expected to arrive from different countries around the world to witness the elections.

The chief of the electoral mission of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Carlos Alvarez, said that a team of accompaniers from his organization arrives in Venezuela today. The group includes technicians that will participate in audits to the pre-dispatch this Sunday with the presence of 1,400 voters from around Venezuela.

This will be the last test performed on the voting machines before the elections, which will be monitored by the voters along with observers, accompaniers, and technicians from political parties and the CNE.
 
For all electoral processes in Venezuela, the CNE installs a large tent in Plaza Caracas in the downtown area of the country’s capital city, in order to create space for coverage of and participation in the event.

This year, the tent is almost 5,000 square feet and includes a press lounge, spaces for press conferences, other areas for technical teams, and cubicles. Up to 8,000 members of the national and international media are expected to be present.
 
AVN / Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / September 27, 2012

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