Froilán Galeano Noguera, born 1868, will vote in the Guajayi district today, claims ABC.
ABC Digital (Asunción, Paraguay) complains that Paraguay is about to have an election that makes the skulduggery presided over by Katharine Harris of Florida and Ken Blackwell of Ohio look like the tenure of Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis as commissioner of baseball during the Black Sox scandal.
Opposition parties are refusing to recognize the results of the TREP electronic quick-count system that will be broadcast today — including by CNN, I believe I read. Let me check that.
Globo (Brazil) is reporting on the morning news that the vote will be recorded with paper ballots rather than the Brazilian voting machine.
Globo also manages to illustrate the statement that “the climate is tense” with several man on the street interviews with people saying that things seem clam and that they do not expect any disturbances or trouble.
Ecce Globo. It has apparently bungled its use of personagens — in order to promote a specific interpretation of a situation or event, you put on two or three very brief vox populi interviews that tend to support it.
These sorts of quick counts did not go well in Mexico and Ecuador in recent years.
And in Honduras as well, where, as in Ecuador, technical assistance from the Brazilian consortium used by Brazil’s own election authority failed to produce a count.
Officials hoped that the system, known as the TREP (Transmission of Preliminary Electoral Results), could offer an accurate picture of the standings by 6:00 on election night. These hopes quickly unraveled on election night however. With only 40 of the 1,618 TREP stations reporting (less than 3%) by 10:00 PM, four hours after the time when initial figures were slated to be released, it was clear that the count was not going smoothly. With the TREP clearly non-functional, the TSE turned to reporting the results of a backup system for a preliminary tally, which relied on a quick poll rather than hard numbers, an action which “provoked tension and uncertainty,” according to the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal.
In Mexico, the company hired (without competitive bidding) to conduct the “PREP” quick count belonged to the brother-in-law of one of the candidates (the one later declared the winner, and whose party was caught in illegal possession of the voter database, in the Hildebrando117 case.)
On the bright side, Paraguayans can access the voter registry with their cell phone! If they have one.
ABC is also reporting that it will be charged with violating electioneering laws with its front-page editorial cartoon today — which shows Lugo winning the race (see below).
A follow-up to Democracy of the Dead: Eyes on Paraguay’s Election Day.
Personas de 140 años que votarán, cédulas clonadas, electores que fueron dispersados, vivos que aparecen como muertos y muertos que aparecerán como vivos son algunas de las graves irregularidades del padrón con el que Paraguay votará hoy. Este registro beneficia al partido gobernante que maneja el aparato estatal y posee infraestructura asegurada para llevar a votar a su gente.
140-year-olds who will vote, cloned ballots, voters dispersed to distant precincts, living voters recorded as dead and dead voters recorded as alive — these are some of the serious irregularities in the voter registration database with which Paraguay goes to vote today. This registry benefits the ruling party that runs the machinery of state and has the infrastructure to deliver the vote to its own people.
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