Tensions are rising in Venezuela as opposition leader Henrique Capriles pressures the National Electoral Council to announce by day's end that it will permit a complete audit of the April 14 presidential election.

The council said last week that it would allow an audit of 46 percent of the vote not already audited. It said it would announce this week when it would start comparing vote tallies from each machine with the individual vote receipts from that machine.

Capriles is demanding the council announce Thursday that it will allow his team to also examine registers containing voters' signatures and fingerprints. State broadcasters interrupted his speech Wednesday night and the ruling party is increasingly threatening to prosecute him over violence that erupted after the vote, which the ruling party narrowly won.