Quico says: Ojo Electoral, a Venezuelan elections monitoring NGO, posted observers at 337 randomly chosen voting tables (mesas de votación) spread out over 22 out of Venezuela’s 24 states.
- Ojo Electoral’s quick-count of automated tally-sheets (actas de escrutinio) had Chávez at 61% and Rosales at 37%.
- The mandated procedure to randomly select which mesas would be audited on the spot was followed in 97% of relevant polling stations.
- The on the spot audits Ojo observed showed Chávez at 61% and Rosales at 38%.
- There were pro-Chávez witnesses at 95% of the audits and pro-Rosales witnesses at 92% of them. Witnesses for both candidates attended 90% of the audits, and members of the general public saw 62% of the audits Ojo monitored.
- There was no discrepancy between the automated tally and the audited tally in 64% of the mesas they observed.
- In the other 36%, discrepancies were small and tended to cancel each other out rather than benefiting one candidate systematically.
- Formal objections (impugnaciónes) over the audit results were lodged in just seven out of the 337 mesas Ojo observed. Three of those complaints were raised by pro-Chavez representatives while the other four were raised by opposition representatives.
The report closes with a pledge to release a more detailed final report soon.