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    According to this LA Times article, A supreme court justice wanted to settle the election before it was held:

    Luisa Estela Morales, president of the Venezuela Supreme Court, said during a news conference Wednesday that it was impossible to conduct a ballot-by-ballot recount because the voting system is automated. "Those who have been thinking this could happen were fooling themselves," she said.

    She made her comments even though the opposition had not formally filed a petition for a recount.

    It was Morales who issued a perplexing ruling last month that allowed Maduro to assume the presidency immediately upon Chavez's death, a controversial decision that critics said sidestepped the constitution and was aimed at making his election a fait accompli.

    Capriles has listed what he claims are numerous irregularities that could affect a million votes. According to the official count, Maduro won by about 262,000 votes of 14.9 million cast, or 1.8 percentage points.

    Link to LA Times article

    “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

    by SoCalSal on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:11:22 AM PDT

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