Provider of voting machines claims fraud in election of new assembly in Venezuela; EU refuses to recognize results
The CEO of the voting technology company Smartmatic said the results of Venezuela's election for an assembly to rewrite the constitution were tampered with.
Antonio Mugica told reporters in London on Wednesday that there was a discrepancy of at least 1 million votes between the turnout figures announced by the government and those recorded by his systems.
Mugica said "it is therefore with the deepest regret that we have to report that the turnout figures on Sunday, 30 July, for the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela were tampered with."
Smartmatic was a company created by Venezuelans that has provided electronic voting machines in every election in the South American country since 2004.
Julio Borges, the president of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly said the legislature would call for an investigation into claims made by Mugica.
Borges said findings disclosed by voting software company Smartmatic provide "complete confirmation" of what opposition leaders and independent analysts had suspected.
In other news, The European Union refused to recognize Venezuela's new assembly tasked with rewriting the constitution, saying it could undermine the country's institutions.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the election of the assembly amid violence over the weekend "has durably worsened the crisis in Venezuela," adding that said vote raised doubts about whether the body can represent all parts of Venezuelan society.
Mogherini affirmed that the EU and its member countries stand ready to "gradually step up their response in case democratic principles are further undermined."