Black footie bags here we come

Venezuela’s president has accused the company that provides the technological platform for the country’s voting system of bowing to US pressure after it said the official turnout figure in Sunday’s vote had been manipulated by at least a million votes.

Nicolás Maduro stood by the official count of more than 8m votes and said an additional 2 million people would have voted if they had not been blocked by opposition protesters. “That stupid guy, the president of Smartmatic, pressured to the neck by the gringos and the Brits, said there were 7.5 million [voters],” Maduro said in televised remarks. “I think there were 10 million Venezuelans who went out.”

Antonio Mugica, the chief executive of London-based Smartmatic, had said on Wednesday that results recorded by the company’s systems show “without any doubt” that the official turnout figure was tampered with.

Maduro provided no evidence to support his claim, but his remarks were received with resounding applause from a meeting of about 500 people elected to the assembly on Sunday.

8 thoughts on “Black footie bags here we come”

  1. Racist term used by socialist leader and ignored SHOCKER!

    Anyway, has Owen Jones commented on this yet?

  2. The article had some EU fluffery in it.

    “Federica Mogherini, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, said in a statement that the union would not recognise the new constituent assembly due to “concerns over its effective representativeness and legitimacy”. She failed, however, to act on calls from the European parliament’s president, Antonio Tajani, and Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, for targeted sanctions on anyone linked to Maduro’s government; but the bloc warned that it was ready to act if there was any further dilution of the country’s democratic institutions.”

    “The bloc is ready to act?” Oh really? and Federica said this did she, or Antonio or Mariano?

  3. If he had any sense Maduro should have said: see, this shows how flawed electronic voting is, there’s loads of stuff on the internet demonstrating exactly why electronic voting is such a bad idea.

  4. It is terrible what is happening.
    I support Inverness CT at football although i also like rugby sevens.
    Imagine if Venezuela entered a team in the Melrose sevens of rugby? Where rugby sevens was invented.
    Would it be high in tackles?.

  5. Eks – The EU Rep for FA represents FA. (for now at least, but not surprised if when it all goes completely Pete Tong in Venezuela there will be a power grab to say… EU could have saved everybody by me being more important.)

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