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Mariches' culprits

By Luis Manuel Aguana

The responsibility for the fire at the CNE warehouse in Mariches could be assigned with equal validity to both political extremes. On the one hand, the regime had valid reasons to get rid of Tiby Lucena's little lottery machines, which could be cited: a) the machines were no longer useful to the CNE because its supplier and accomplice, the briefcase company now a multinational company, Smartmatic International Corporation, denounced its client, the CNE, as a perpetrator of fraud after the fraudulent elections in Maduro on May 20, 2018, thus washing its face in order to participate in large bids worldwide; b) Technically, it is more complicated to sustain an infrastructure like that -and even more so if you want to continue defrauding Venezuelans with the elections- without having the owner of the technology, even though there has been technological transfer of systems and equipment; c) The CNE personnel who know about the technical functioning of the CNE have been disappearing little by little as the country is consistently destroyed by the regime; d) If the regime falls -as it will sooner rather than later- there will be physical evidence of the fraud committed with those machines; and e) (which suits me better with these criminals) we will have to enter into new negotiations with another supplier with whom we will have to cook up a new, billion-dollar contract to renew the systems for the next parliamentary elections, and to apply a new methodology of technical fraud, prepared with Cuban systems technology developed in Havana. In this way the new Rectors will have an excellent "incentive" in cash to face what comes from fighting for the "democratic continuity" of the regime.

On the opposition side, the following could be cited: a) delay (because in no way could they even imagine that they would stop) the continuity of the fraud that has been systematically committed with the automation of the vote. This would be the case of a radical opposition; b) creating an environment of instability for the regime, by carrying out concrete destructive actions of the means they have used to stay in power. This case would apply to ultra-radical opposition groups; c) delaying the electoral schedule in order to try to somehow prevent the parliamentary elections, which are the ones the regime requires to finish taking over the National Assembly. This would also be the case of a radical opposition; and d) an official opposition that for incomprehensible reasons -or very understandable$$- still agrees with the use of the machines in our electoral system -despite a Ruling of the TSJ Legitimo that indicates the opposite- and agrees with the regime that they had to leave them to continue the coexistence with others of better technology.

Both sides would have reason to proceed with the fire. In fact, an ultra-radical opposition group claimed credit for the fire a few hours later. However, that appearance on YouTube was not very credible and rather confirms that the action is the regime's invoice, just because of the name they gave to the movement. In any case, after outlining these brief reasons, which even though very superficial, it is very clear that who had more and better motives (and opportunities) to burn that shed was the regime itself. Let's just remember the fire in the East Tower of the Central Park. The regime loves that "modus operandi"...

And indeed, the thesis according to which the regime is directly responsible for this fire is corroborated by an investigation by ABC International of Spain according to which "Maduro burns the voting machines in order to make ones to his measure and win the elections" (see in Spanish news of ABC Internacional, in According to this research, "Faced with growing international pressure to hold presidential elections, Maduro ordered ExClé (a company linked to the regime that specializes in biometric identification and is responsible for the database of Venezuelan fingerprints) to create new software from scratch. After about 15 months, the project was still a failure. The security measures on the Smartmatic machine prevented Quintero (former CNE's Director of Information Technology) and ExClé from running the altered software. Maduro, with no patience or time to wait for the software according to his needs, ordered from ExClé and Quintero a new machine that would support the software they had been developing in Argentina. The smoke from the burning machines is an unmistakable sign that ExClé already has the voting machine that does support the software made to measure for the government”.

But let's not dwell on that too much longer. The fact is that 49,408 machines have already been destroyed, if we are to believe the "irreversible" Tiby Lucena's story: "In the voracious fire in Mariche, 582 computers belonging to the Registry, 49,408 voting machines, 400 electronic ballots, 22,434 power inverters, 127,000 ballots to be removed, and 49,327 integrated authentication systems (fingerprint captors) were burned” (see in Spanish "Lucena: 49,408 voting machines were burned in the fire”, in Veamos mejor lo que viene después.

Lucena confirms - or rather threatens - that if "they think that this will stop the electoral processes they are very wrong...", which confirms that very soon we will hear of other negotiations for machines, fingerprint catchers and other implements (boards, regulators, etc.) as well as the rest of the accessories necessary to make the technological devices with which they have been making us fraud work for more than 15 years, with the help of the official opposition.

Now, let's do a little memory. In 2013 I made a note of the origin of the captahuellas, emphasizing that in 2004 Jorge Rodriguez as President of the CNE had modified our way of voting: "The act of voting that meant in the past only presenting the laminated identity card at the tables at zero cost, became a torture of a full day in endless queues that cost the nation an approximate of 65 million dollars" (see in Spanish Three lies from the CNE: 1st Footprints Catcher, in

The latter was confirmed by a technical web publication,, on August 12, 2004. This pearl that will go down in history for the millions that these criminals have prevaricated with the Venezuelan elections: "The CNE is paying Smartmatic, Cantv and local software firm Bitza US$63mn for its voting platform and the Venezuelan press reported that the voter authentication platform is valued at US$64mn, which is divided between Gilat and the Chinese-US supplier of fingerprint readers Cogent. Spielman and Rohrstock declined to comment on Gilat's participation, but revealed the contract would be a significant part of this year's Latin American revenue” (see in Spanish Emergency market looks promising for Gilat, en This is just to give Venezuelans an idea of the amounts in millions of dollars that will begin to dance in the new CNE that Juan Guaidó will approve jointly with the regime in the next few days in the National Assembly, as a result of the replacement of machines that were lost in the Fila de Mariches fire.

Regardless of the culprit, which seems to have been fully identified, the big question that we Venezuelans are now asking is whether the National Assembly and the President in charge will pimp this new move by the regime and accept an outlay of money to buy election machines, unacceptable in a country where children die every day in the JM de los Ríos due to lack of medicine, food and medical care, even more so considering that there is a sentence from the TSJ Legitimate in exile, and that has been ignored olympically by the official opposition, which ORDERS MANUAL votes (i.e. NO MACHINES) in Venezuela (see in Spanhis Supreme Court of Justice Declares the Use of Automated Voting for Elections in Venezuela VOID, in, It is therefore INACCEPTABLE that a single dollar should be spent on voting machines, even if some technicians from the official opposition agree to continue with this fraudulent electronic system, which is harmful to the interests of Venezuelans.

On the other hand, and as an additional sign of commitment to a clean and transparent electoral system in Venezuela, the National Assembly has an obligation to the Venezuelan people, starting with the destruction of the Mariches machines, to take advantage of the opportunity to begin an in-depth modification of the Organic Law of Electoral Processes (LOPE) to adjust it to the sentence of June 13, 2018, eliminating the electronic vote and scrutinies (that is, WITH MACHINES), thus ensuring what they are preaching about free elections. I would like to see if that is true. 

If parliamentary elections end up being held in Venezuela, as indeed the "boss" of the official opposition Henry Ramos Allup has planned with the regime, and he expressed this in the opposition march on March 10: "In the face of a regime like this, we must continue to unite and mobilize by exerting pressure to achieve free, competitive parliamentary and presidential elections and with a new CNE appointed by the only @AsambleaVE…” (ver Twitter de Henry Ramos Allup, en, these must be MANUALS complying with the sentence of the Electoral Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of 13 June 2018.

If we see the new Rectors of the CNE buying machines to replace those that were burned in the fire, the official opposition will not only prove to be the collaborator of the regime that we have already denounced, but will now be associated to commit crimes with it, something that some may reject, but that will give the definitive and irrefutable proof that the Venezuelans will have to finish convincing themselves that they have to get out of the two possible culprits of that fire, in order to recover the freedom of Venezuela.

Caracas, March 13, 2020


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