Firm alleging #Venezuela vote fraud run by man who called for regime change

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At the beginning of August Smartmatic, the company that ran the recent Venezuelan election for its new Constituent Assembly, alleged that the vote had been conducted fraudulently.

The allegation was vehemently denied by the country’s President, but the allegations were even called ‘proven’ by some media:

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As the headline shows, the allegations – which is what they still were and are – were used by forty countries as a reason to protest against the new Assembly – but in fact the Guardian article admits that the ‘proof’ for the claim is merely an allegation by the voting-management company:

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However, doubts have now been cast on the doubts by the revelation by former Labour Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott’s revelation that Smartmatic‘s UK-based Chair called for regime change in Venezuela just before the Constituency Assembly elections.

Prescott, who has already accused right-wing Labour MPs of exploiting the situation in Venezuela to attack Jeremy Corbyn, told the Daily Mirror:

The voting system used to recently elect the country’s Constitutional Assembly was run by the UK-based technology firm Smartmatic – whose chair is Lord Malloch-Brown, an ex-UN high ­official and former Labour foreign minister.

After the election, Smartmatic told the media that turnout figures were at least a million less than the authorities reported.

The country’s National Electoral Council denied the claim.

Malloch-Brown is also co-chair of the International Crisis Group – which called last month for a “transitional government” with a “mutually acceptable interim president

The Venezuelan government, meanwhile – in spite of denying the allegations – has begun a legal investigation into them. Which is, again, not the kind of behaviour typical of supposedly-despotic regimes.

The regime-change call must raise questions about a potential conflict of interest on the part of Smartmatic – and add to concerns about the representation of Venezuela in the western media.

We’ve already seen that the situation in the South American country has been grossly misrepresented, with supposed ‘democracy protesters’ interested in anything but democracy and in fact responsible for the vast majority of violence and fatalities – even setting people on fire for supporting the government – as well as for manufactured ‘shortages‘.

Now there is a question-mark over claims that the Constituent Assembly elections were rigged.

Prescott’s words make a pertinent closing thought:

we shouldn’t ignore the power of opposition bent on regime change, encouraged by the US, who’ve sought to destabilise left-wing governments in South America for decades.

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9 responses to “Firm alleging #Venezuela vote fraud run by man who called for regime change

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  2. Very clear now that the USA wants another regime change and look how well Iraq and the middle east turned out . I wish they’d just fuck off and stop interfering in the world at large , the twat Trump is even now trying the same thing in NK .
    As for BBC media coverage , well , case proven , now no better than SKY or Fox news but that’s to be expected with the Tories corrupting it in the background . As usual anything that makes life worse for ordinary people or is bad for them you’ll find a Tory at the bottom of it all.
    Some interesting reports on other Alt news feeds , Evolve Politics, in the same vein

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  3. we are now experiencing the most harmful news blackout by the BBC news in their eyes is popular trivia we must deal with this when labour wins the election we went through the same in the 80s under thatcher.

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  4. “The Venezuelan government, meanwhile – in spite of denying the allegations – has begun[link] a legal investigation into them. Which is, again, not the kind of behaviour typical of supposedly-despotic regimes.”

    The link is to an article dated August 3rd reporting that Luisa Ortega Diaz, Venezuela’s attorney general had indeed opened an investigation into potential voter fraud in connection with the elections to the National Constituent Assembly.

    One of the very first acts of that Assembly was to dismiss the lady from her post – exactly “the kind of behaviour typical of supposedly-despotic regimes.”

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  5. “The allegation was vehemently denied by the country’s President, but the allegations were even called[link] ‘proven’ by some media:”

    The link goes to a Guardian article dated 2 August which reports on the election and Smartmatic’s claims.

    Nowhere in that article does the word proven appear.

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