Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) will test the technological platform used for voting ahead of the October 7 presidential elections in its first national simulated vote on Sunday, August 5, in order to allow voters to familiarize themselves with the system.
During this event, which is open to all registered voters, the technological and logistical elements that will be used on the day of the election will be tested. CNE representatives will closely monitor the way in which the ballot is deployed and observe contingencies, simulating the processes of tallying votes and transmitting data in order to test the operation of two national centers of vote tallying.
In this first national drill, voters will have direct contact with the electoral circuit and can use the Integrated Authentication System (SAI) and the new, larger LED screen on which the ballot is displayed. The CNE aims to review the experiences of the voters using the new elements of the electoral system.
The first national drill was scheduled for August 19th, but was moved up to accelerate the process of verifying the electoral platform and familiarizing voters with the new elements of the system as soon as possible.
National Electoral Council (CNE) / Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / July 19, 2012