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Oct 5, 2012

How tamper proof is Venezuela elections? Machines will explode

The Presidential elections in Venezuela will not have the sting of Dragon Wasps, but if there is any tampering with the computers, the Public Relations Officer for the Embassy in Belize promises it will be explosive. On Sunday, President Hugo Chavez is seeking a third term in office. For Belize the outcome is important because there are many agreements with Venezuela, including the recently re-activated Petro-Caribe deal.  There are allegations that the elections are rigged, but Chavez vehemently denies the claim and is sending an international message that the electoral process in Venezuela, has in fact improved since he got into power in 1998. In a press conference at the Radisson Gabriel Sanchez, Charge d’Affaires for the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, explained that due to measures implemented by President Chavez, the number of persons not registered to vote has decreased from twenty point six to three point five percent. Sanchez says the elections are completely transparent, especially since it is now totally automated, and yes he does say tampering will cause an explosion.


Gabriel Sanchez, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Gabriel Sanchez

“The person is going to have this machine and in order to activate it you have to use your fingerprint. This is the only way to get it. The machine has the information for the person who has the fingerprint and the person who votes, if that doesn’t match, you can’t vote. In here you have the figures of the [polling] stations or the places where it’s automatized. So you have by 1998, we had seven thousand and here in 2012, we have thirty-eight thousand, two hundred and sixty-six. So if you see on the graphic, the number of stations and the automatization, we have all of them. When we started, it was just thirty-four percent so this means that the government is fully committed to make the best and the most transparent elections ever, probably in the world. That is why we’re trying to do this. And as I said before, in order to confirm that everything is fully functional and is flawless, the system, you have seventeen audits to the machines and the entire electoral infrastructure. So in the whole year, the machine has been tested more than seventeen times and from those more than seventeen times, we have seventeen that it’s being audited; all of them work. It is flawless. In fact, the software is so flawless that if anyone tries to do something to the software the machine is going to blow up, it’s going to explode so there’s no way you can do it.”


Sanchez says that Venezuelans living abroad will also be participating in Sunday’s elections. In Belize, for example, there are fifteen registered Venezuelan voters, who will cast their ballots here and the information will be forwarded to Venezuela.

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3 Responses for “How tamper proof is Venezuela elections? Machines will explode”

  1. Storm says:

    Chavez is a Fidel wannabe who has done a lot of deep and long-term harm to his nation and its former democracy.

  2. Vuk says:

    I don’t get why people like Storm accuse Venezuela of being a “dictatorship” when there have been multiple elections and referendums held since Chavez came to power.

    If Chavez was the dictator these types accuse him of being, he would have swiftly imposed his will without having the Venezuelan people go to the ballot box.

  3. crazysmurf says:

    nobody listening that this crazy guy says stuff will explode?

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