CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela's Electoral Council has completed an audit of results from April's bitterly contested presidential election, and as expected it confirms Nicolas Maduro's 1.5 percentage-point victory.
No government official appeared publicly to comment on the outcome, but an official at the council confirmed on Sunday a report by the state-run AVN news agency that the audit supported the official vote count. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to divulge the information.
The opposition has complained that the council ignored its demand for a full recount. That would have included not just comparing votes electronically registered by machines with the paper ballot receipts they emitted, but also comparing those with the bound paper registries that contain voter signatures and fingerprints.