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Venezuela to audit remaining vote, not do recount

Posted: April 18, 2013 8:37 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2013 8:37 p.m.

A "Chavista" demonstrator, and supporter of President-elect Nicolas Maduro, holds a photo of the late President Hugo Chavez during a march in front of the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Caracas, Venezuela on Wednesday.

 

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's electoral council says it will audit the voting machines that were not audited election night in an apparent rejection of the opposition's demand for a full vote-by-vote recount.

Council President Tibisay Lucen said Thursday night that it would audit the 46 percent of the machines that were not audited immediately after Sunday's vote.

Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has presented a series of allegations of vote fraud and other irregularities to back up his demand for a vote-by-vote recount for the presidential election.

Ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro, the hand-picked successor of the late Hugo Chavez, was declared the winner by 262,000 votes out of 14.9 million cast.

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