June 04, 2008
CARACAS -- A nongovernmental group is demanding that Venezuela's elections council release complete voting results from a referendum that President Hugo Chávez lost six months ago.
Venezuelans rejected proposed reforms on Dec. 2 that would have allowed Chávez to run for reelection indefinitely by 51 percent to 49 percent, according to results released the same week.
The council said 90 percent of the votes were counted and the trend was irreversible. But it has never released the final results of the vote.
Oscar Lucien of the group Active Citizenry said Tuesday that Venezuelan law requires the council to release complete results within 30 days of the vote.
Active Citizenry is urging the Organization of American States to pressure the council to release complete results.