Presidential vote to be counted manually
The Central Electoral Board (JCE) has approved a 100% manual vote count at presidential level for the 15 May 2016 election rather than relying on the electronic count, in order to satisfy the opposition parties that have been asking for an alternative.
According to JCE president Roberto Rosario, the manual count will be carried out after the electronic count using the new equipment and if there are any variations then the manual count will prevail.
The electoral law establishes the validity of the manual count.
Rosario said that the measure has been taken to ensure increased confidence in the process that has been questioned by several parties, and because the Southern United Nations (Unasur) has urged them to listen to requests from other political parties and ensure they had confidence in the process.
The votes for the municipal and congressional levels will still be counted electronically using the new equipment.
Political analysts say that a manual vote count is more necessary for the legislative than for the presidential election. Civil society group Participacion Ciudadana has been requesting a quick verification count, which would be carried out by projecting the election results from a sample of the polling stations, but this was not approved for the 2016 election.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
May 4, 2016
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