Monday, May 31, 2010

Colombia results

The electoral commission over there closed voting stations at 4 PM.  At 5:05 PM on my lap top I could read the results as of communique #14, tabulating 79,86% of the votes cast.  All in Colombia was manual voting.  All.

And here in Venezuela the CNE still owes us the final real result of the 2007 referendum, in a system where all is automated for speed.

The other night I was watching Vanessa Davies in VTV interviewing some pro Chavez Colombian as to the elections over there.  I was curious and with time on my hands.  At some point Vanessa stated shamelessly that in Colombia all was manual, just like in Venezuela before, when there was electoral fraud everywhere according to her.  Visibly this poor woman, who once upon a time wrote the rational science page of El Nacional, has sold herself to the cult.

The thing is that in Venezuela probably the results arrive fast at the CNE but they must go through Chavez before published so he has time to prepare, arrange, improve, whatever.

As for the Colombian results you will need to wait for my post tomorrow :)  though I can tell you that the mistakes in opinion polls will set a new record as they go directly into the hall of shame.


  1. Anonymous1:46 AM

    I dare say it's pretty clear where you will be going in tomorrow's post.

    I am besides myself that once again, I (and I suggest pretty much everybody) was fooled by the damned, leftist, agenda driven rather than news and truth reporting MSM, reporting until yesterday that Mockus was ahead of Sanchez. Not even close. What kind of f'n world are we living in?

  2. Anonymous2:46 AM

    Daniel do you know of any pollsters that were even close to the reported results? It would good to follow their results through to the run-off vote in Colombia.

    It seems that the poll results were public knowledge within 3 hours, something worth noting.

    ... paper ballots. :)
    marc in calgary

  3. jj06LotS4:48 AM

    Mockus could still win it but the last thing he needed was polling that did not nearly reflect the intent of voters. Now he's going to be tainted with this emerging scandal, even though he may not even be involved in it.

    Could Petro be any more egomaniac. He lost by far and he claims it was a victory because he said Uribe failed to assassinate him.

  4. Boludo Tejano5:16 AM

    Dewey Defeats Truman, from 1948. Is this poor prediction from years past news to any reader here? Or is it old hat?

    Mockus poll performance mocks pollsters’ previous predictions!

    Most likely because the polls had an urban bias, which missed the following. People in the countryside took the brunt of the war, and thus have more vivid memories contrasting 2002 to 2010, compared to the cities. Similarly, the war stories I heard from friends in Guatemala came from the countryside, not from the city. By contrast, the Montoneros et al in Argentina in the 1970s were mostly an urban phenomena.

  5. Venezuelan Patriots Against the Bolivarian Revolution6:13 AM

    Chavez is praying that his allies in Colombia win the election so he can expend his "Emperio Bolivariano" across the Andes. Well, he is about the hit a brick wall come June 20th and that brick wall is call democracy.

    Tonight, the Colombian people are saying that their country will not be another Cuba. That the "Emperio Bolivariano" will not expand beyond the borders of Venezuela. That they want a peaceful and democratic government and on June 20th they will speak once again with their vote.

    Que viva La Republica de Venezula y que muere la Revolución Bolivariana.

  6. Is there any country in the world against whom the CNE's electoral performance - strictly on counting and timeliness grounds, we can leave out their bias which isn't exactly unique - holds up favorably? I'd think even the Chavistas around (especially those in the AN) would want more competence - which is to say, the appearance of it. I mean, they can't even pretend that they're actually doing their job right, which doesn't seem to embarrass...anyone.


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