Since I got the presentation from Sumate on their analysis of the CNE data, I have wanted to discuss it, but their graphs would have made it very heavy if I placed them in my home page. Instead, you can find the Sumate presentation right here, where you will learn how absurd the whole process has been. You can study and we can discuss it in the comments.
In the presentation, you will find, among many other things, the 35 characteristics ‘used” by the CNE to disqualify signatures, despite the fact that only five were typified in the regulations as causes for disqualification or questioning. This does not bother Carrasquero the “impartial” who claims to have a degree in law and respect the rights of the people. Does not bother the Attorney general, the Constitutional Hall or the Peoples’ Ombudsman. Weird, no?
But Mr. Carrasquero, who claims to be a lawyer and Mr. Rodriguez, who is a psychiatrist, authorized the Chavista-controlled “Technical Committee” of the CNE to manipulate the signatures at will, ending with a mess of numbers that could not pass or satisfy even the most superficial audit. They deserved to be renamed the “political” committee.
But one of the things that really caught my attention is shown in the following map of Caracas, in which dots have been placed, the size of which indicates what percentage of the forms at each polling center in the city were disqualified or placed under observation.
What I found fascinating about it is that it proves to me why the forms with the same calligraphy were necessary. For those of you who do not know Caracas, you can simplify the socioeconomic distribution of its population as being poor on the West side (mid-left to left on the image) and East side (extreme right of the image) with the band in the middle being where what is left of the middle class lives.
Well, it is remarkable that what this picture actually shows is that the rules were loaded against the very people that Chávez and his revolution are supposed to represent, love and rule for. It is very simple, the rules were quite strict (look in the presentation at the 35 types of errors), and you had to write clearly and carefully, within a restricted space and in a certain order. Well, the result was that those living in the poor areas had a much higher percentage of rejections or signatures sent for observation.
In fact, it had to be that way. It was precisely in the lower class areas of the cities where those at the poll booths helped those signing the petition the most in filling out their personal data. Therefore, it is those areas that generated more forms with the same calligraphy. In fact the map above can be used by someone that knows Caracas to identify barrios, even those entrenched within middle class neigborhoods, very simply. Even where there are few large size dots, look for the bigger ones.
Ironic isn’t it? The revolution created rules that in the end violated the rights of those that are supposed to support it the most. Or was it simply revenge for opposing the revolution despite being poor?
The amount of bad faith involved can be shown in the following “live” form which the CNE disqualified. Look at it. Try to figure out how or why it was placed under observation. The answer below the image.
The above form represents one out of more than 8,500 that had one, only one signature placed under observation for the oxymoronic concept of having the same calligraphy. Yes, signature number three from the top was disqualified for having the same calligraphy. Against what? Nobody knows. You would think two would be placed under observation, no? Oh, but Mr. Carrasquero, Rodriguez and Battaglini (who apparently is deaf-mute) are experts in law, statistics and now on relative oxymoroonic calligraphy, a field in which they will have time to study and practice a lot once the Vth. Republic is but only a memory and they are guests of the prison system of the VIth. Republic.