The group led by former Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga published a report on the Colombian elections, in which it makes recommendations for the second round between Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernández, such as “greater access” for the parties in contention to the more secure data management and storage methods and result processing.
The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) delivered a series of recommendations to improve the processing of votes for the ballot, and lamented both the violence in some regions and the fact that its proposals prior to the first electoral round had not been sufficiently discussed.
According to the EOM/OAS, the computer security of the computers used in the counting and processing of the votes must be reinforced, as well as making the configuration of all the computers more homogeneous and reinforcing the training of the table juries.
Voters denounce alteration of electoral forms
The OAS/EOM observations are called after numerous voters and jurors reported alleged fraud between the time the ballots were processed and the results broadcast.
THE FRAUD OF THE 100 VOTES: example in Duitama, E14 Petro with 138 votes, reduced to 38 in E24. How many were the tables with this “malicious code”? Registrar Vega, is this why you ordered the scrutiny to close quickly? pic.twitter.com/2JHgOn362k
– Felipe Tascón Recio (@felipetascon57) May 31, 2022
Complaints on social networks speak of inconsistencies between the E14 forms (with which the pre-count is carried out at the tables) and the E24 forms (used for the scrutiny), which the National Registry attributed to human errors by the juries at the time of filling them out, a procedure that in Colombia is still carried out manually.
The senator for the Historical Pact (the party of the leftist candidate Gustavo Petro) Roy Barreras also questioned the result of the elections in Vichada, where Hernández prevailed, arguing that due to the low Internet penetration in the region, “no one has tik-tok Nobody knows Rodolfo Hernández”, in relation to the populist candidate, who has campaigned through this and other social networks and who even came to acknowledge in public before the elections that he did not know where the region was, located on the border with Venezuela.
National Registry ensures accuracy in the results
For his part, the national registrar Alexander Vega Rocha celebrated in an official message a “historic accuracy” of the data in the first electoral round.
“In a historical way, the difference between the pre-count and the count was 0.1% (…) a degree of accuracy of 99.9%,” Vega Rocha celebrated. “The count ended without claims that went up on appeal. What does that mean? That the scrutiny goes up clean “.
Como histórica calificó el registrador nacional, Alexander Vega Rocha, la exactitud del preconteo en Colombia en los pasados comicios presidenciales.
👇🏼Detalles aquí. pic.twitter.com/LpEXU2XOuX
— Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil (@Registraduria) June 1, 2022
The legislative elections of March 18 showed some cracks in the Colombian electoral system, after the Historical Pact denounced that at least 500,000 votes for the Senate had been withheld.
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