by Stephen Lendman
Washington behind destabilizing Venezuela.
On April 14, Venezuelans elected Nicolas Maduro president. He won fair and square. It's official. A nationally televised Monday ceremony announced it.
Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles cried foul. He called Maduro "illegitimate." He refuses to recognize election results. He demands a recount. He wants "every vote" counted. National Electoral Council (CNE) president Tibisay Lucena responded.
A manual recount of all votes isn't needed to confirm accuracy, she said. Proper auditing checks were implemented. It's routine. They're done before, during and post-elections.
Over half the Sunday vote total was checked. She called doing so "a statistical proportion that in any part of the world (would be) considered excessive."
Fourteen audits were conducted. They assure a free, open and fair process. America takes no precautionary steps. Corporate-controlled electronic voting machines choose winners and losers.