15 May '11, 10pm

After a similar proposal that failed in '05, Venezuela's electoral board approves fingerprinting for next year's vote.

Venezuela's electoral board approved a device for fingerprint verification to be added to computerised voting machines in time for regional and presidential elections to be held next year. The move aims to confirm voter identity and limit fraud, according to a statement dated May 12 and posted on the electoral board's website. Venezuela's opposition has accused President Hugo Chavez of manipulating the country's electronic voting machines even as international groups have endorsed election results Venezuela's electoral board withdrew proposed fingerprint scanners in November 2005 less than a week before national legislative elections over concerns raised by the opposition that the machines would allow the authorities to determine how individuals voted. Bloomberg

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/Worldinbrief/EDC110516-0...

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