HAVANA TIMES — Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday that he will not participate in an audit of the April 14 presidential elections because he did not receive sufficient guarantees of transparency from the National Electoral Council (CNE). Instead, he announced that he will contest the elections that gave a narrow victory to President Nicolas Maduro, reported dpa news.
Capriles said he was confident that he had actually won the elections and that due to voting irregularities a new election will be held.
Capriles noted that the CNE refused to give sufficient guarantees to conduct a full audit and when the time frame of his ultimatum to that electoral body had passed, he decided to discard participation in the review.
“The country was lied to, they offered an audit process, where Venezuelans would have a thorough knowledge of the process. That has not happened and the next step is to contest the elections,” he said in an interview with Globovision TV.
Capriles added that although he has no expectations about what the Supreme Court would rule on the case, he decided to fulfill the legal paperwork, because “this election will end up traveling the world.”