Electoral authorities support post-election vote scrutiny

Posted on Mar 13 2014 - 6:34am by Rico
(Photo: El Universal)

Colombia’s Deputy Prosecutor has supported calls for an election recount after strident petitions from Uribe’s Democratic Centre party.

María Eugenia Carreño said she supported the calls, but stressed that it would be as a measure of thoroughness rather than in reaction to specific allegations of fraud, Colombia’s BLU radio reported Thurday morning.

“It is fair and accurate time for all of these claims to be made. [But] it can not be said to be electoral fraud. What we are doing as a watchdog is a call for ballot measures to ensure timely care is taken with any disagreements.”

The designated Prosecutor for Electoral Affairs asked the Electoral Commission to address the complaints filed by the Democratic Centre Party, which has asked for a recount of votes in over 8,000 tables in the Atlantic, Antioquia and Valle del Cauca Costa districts.

“It is a fair and accurate time for all of these claims to be made. [But] it can not be said to be electoral fraud. What we are doing as a watchdog is a call for ballot measures to ensure timely care is taken with any disagreements.”

Former President Alvaro Uribe’s party won a significant bloc in both the House and the Senate on Sunday, but ever since, have been highly critical of the electoral process, calling the new Congress “illegitimate.”

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But the leftist Polo Democratico (Democratic Pole) Party, has also asked for a recount in one particular seat where the member looks set to lose their seat.

Poverty and fraud linked

Most of the incidents on Sunday were reported on the Carribean Coast, where many live below the poverty line and are possibly more susceptible to ‘inducements’ such as cash or food.

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