The Carter Center:"since 1998, the Center has assisted Venezuelans in developing sound democratic practices. The Carter center appears to have had a conflict of interest. According to Jennifer L. McCoy who led the Carter Center delegation, “the government and the opposition had called on international actors to mediate their conflict, and the Tripartite International Working Group made up of the Carter Center, OAS, and UNDP was formed in July 2002. After an agreement was reached in May 2003, facilitated primarily by the OAS secretary general with support from the Carter Center, the government and opposition invited the OAS and Carter Center to monitor the implementation of that agreement —namely the entire recall referendum process.”"~ Jennifer L. McCoy, Director, Americas Program, The Carter Center
The voting machines: "As Chavez was facing a recall, Venezuela's National Electoral Council, or CNE, announced plans to replace the nation's 6-year-old U.S.-made optical-scan voting machines. The five-member council, which is dominated by Chavez supporters, awarded the $91-million contract to Smartmatic, maker of the voting machine hardware, and Bizta, maker of the software that programmed the ballots and tabulated the votes. The companies are run jointly by two 30-year-old Venezuelan engineers, whose machines had never been used in an election.
As it turned out, the Venezuelan government owned 28 percent, or 3 million shares, of Bizta through investments in a venture capital fund. A top official from Venezuela's science ministry, who helped Chavez get elected in 1998, was also a member of Bizta's board of directors.
Two American election observers, Curtis Reed and Steve Henley, a Democratic candidate running for supervisor of elections in Hillsborough County, Florida, were invited to Venezuela by the opposition parties and sent a letter to Capitol Hill describing what they saw. Months before the election, they said, the government granted citizenship and voting rights to hundreds of thousands of foreigners while withdrawing voting rights from other citizens living abroad. The CNE also reassigned opposition voters to polling places hours away from their homes to discourage them from voting and replaced thousands of accredited poll workers who signed the recall petition with poll workers who supported Chavez. "
"Jennifer McCoy, who led the Carter Center delegation, said the Center documented the pre-election problems but that during the election they saw very little intimidation. "It was an amazingly calm day for having so many people standing in line for hours and hours," she said. "The fact that there was not more violence was absolutely amazing."
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E-Vote Rigging in Venezuela?
As far as your other sources: A blogger who is admittedly pro Chavez and a self proclaimed clearing house...How about some peer reviewed studies.
Civil rights violations, intimidation practices and unlawful imprisonment to name a few issues.Ehhh whats the problem here?