Well, what do you know!? There is no need to discuss those "results" of "8+ millions votes" that nobody saw on the streets Sunday!
The first blow to the regime is a leak offered to Reuters. And I do not need to write the text, all provided by Reuters.
Only 3.7m had voted by 5.30pm in Venezuela's election on Sunday, according to internal electoral council data https://t.co/OTfBt5TDa4— Girish Gupta (@jammastergirish) August 2, 2017
But as morning advanced it got better. Reuters again.
Venezuelan election turnout figures manipulated by 1 million votes: election company https://t.co/Umlu4PUIUR— Girish Gupta (@jammastergirish) August 2, 2017
This last one is particularly galling for the regime and its electoral ministry, CNE. For those late in the game, Smartmatic was an electronic voting machine manufacturer which test run was the most controversial recall election on 2004. A new comer got to organize its first try a NATIONAL election! Needless to say that this was highly controversial and Smartmatic has been enveloped in a cloud of suspicion ever since. Note that the amounts of money paid to Smartmatic by the regime, amounts never quite clarified and showered over successive elections, have allowed it to become an international company that has Venezuela as a mere client now.
Thus the questions. First, what compelled Smartmatic to come out and state that its client padded its vote result by an outrageous 1 million votes (1 in 8, or 12,5%)? Note also the "least" in the Reuters text .... Second, are we allowed to doubt previous elections held through Smartmatic machines?
So that is that.
A little comment: in spite of all that electronic speedy voting the CNE is not publishing complete and detailed results. Yet it is declaring those who won seats. The problem? The total 8+ must match the sum of all the individual votes. If indeed "at least 1M" were added, who got them? Which candidates were favored? Which wing of chavismo got ahead?
Interesting hours ahead.