As pointed out in the comments a man who died 32 years ago is
registered to vote. Yes, Henri Charriere, the famous “Papillon” appears
registered and from the looks of it, he may even vote. Kudos to Andy
Webb of the Financial Times that wrote this story that gives sooo much
credibility to the CNE’s claims!. The story is spreading around, Instapundit picked it up!
Here is the data fresh from the CNE’s site:
||CHARRIERO SHIERRY HENRY
||INST UNIV NUEVAS PROFESIONES
||AV PRINCIPAL EL BOSQUE
Since FT can only be read for a couple of days, here is Andy’s full story:
Dead writer casts doubt on Venezuela poll
By Andy Webb-Vidal in Caracas
Published: July 17 2005 19:58 | Last updated: July 17 2005 19:58
Charrière, the convict who vividly recalled his multiple escape bids
from the disease-ridden penal colony of French Guiana in the novel
Papillon, has been found “alive” in Venezuela, 32 years after his
reported death. Or so Venezuela’s electoral register would have you
Politicians in Venezuela have complained
that the official voter list contains thousands of deceased voters, an
irregularity that, if abused by unscrupulous election officials, could
distort the result of polls.
“Why is there such a big fear of
undertaking an audit of the electoral register?” asks Alejandro Plaz,
spokesman for Sumate, which lobbies for transparency and participation
Now, the discovery that Mr Charrière,
who died in 1973, is eligible to cast a ballot in local elections in
August looks certain to amplify such concerns about the inadequacy of
Venezuela’s electoral system.
In the final pages of Papillon, Mr
Charrière describes his elation at receiving a Venezuelan residency
document, or cédula, in 1945, after his escape from Devil’s Island and,
finally, his release from El Dorado, a Venezuelan prison.
The number of the cédula, he wrote, was
1,728,629 a unique figure in the numerical issuance series of
Venezuelan identity documents.
Today, that number, when introduced into
the online checking facility of the National Electoral Council, reveals
that Henry Charriero, his adopted name, can vote next month in Chacao,
a municipality of Caracas.
In recent days, civil groups have warned
that the August 7 municipal elections will be tainted by a host of
reasons, including an unreliable database of voters.
Last year, opponents of President Hugo
Chávez protested against irregularities in the electronic vote-counting
system during a presidential recall referendum.
A lack of confidence in the electoral
council will be the main factor that could prompt as many as 70 per
cent of voters to abstain from next month’s ballot, pollsters say.
But given that some of the deceased on
the voting roll have been there a long time, it is clear it is not just
the government that has failed to audit the electoral roll.
In the case of Papillon, several governments since 1973 have failed to clean up his entry on the voting list.