Are there Venezuelan Electronic Voting Machines Stored in SVG?

Will Saint Vincent and the Grenadines be the first Caribbean Island State to introduce electronic voting machines in 2015?    Did they buy such machines from Venezuela in 2010, and then chose not to use them because of intense international debate about the integrity of the machines  generally at that time?

Since 1998 Venezuela had a form of electronic voting.

In 2003 Hugo Chavez was presented with an idea by a young computer programmer which the young man thought would further speed up the voting process and subsequently the declared outcomes of a National vote.

Chavez always had a devious mind and after a few days had what he described as a brain wave.  If a voting  machine works on the principle of computerisation, then he decided, you can program into them the outcome of any election,  you can pre-decide who was the winner.

In 2004, Bizta, a start-up technology company in Venezuela with some of the same owners as Smartmatic of the USA, received a $150,000 grant from a financing arm of Venezuela’s government. In exchange, Bizta pledged nearly 30 percent of the company shares and a seat on the board to the Chavez government.  It was noted that no Venezuelan  government representative never showed up at board meetings.   It is said that Hugo Chavez personally owned the 30% share distribution.

2004, In Venezuela opposition groups questioned the results of the unsuccessful 2004 recall election  that tried to oust Chavez.   Because they had no way of gathering evidence of anything untoward, International observers cleared the election as fair.

The US government was worried that Chavez had obtained by some method or other, an interest in Smartmatic, the builders of US voting machines.  They feared in doing so he may have been able to  decide the outcome of any US voting with these machines.  At that time Venezuela’s government said that it had no ownership in Smartmatic. “The Chavez administration does not have any type of relationship with the Smartmatic Corporation,” statement by Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Bernardo Alvarez.

The problem with using electronic computerised voting machines,  its the simplest thing in the World for a programmer to put instructions in the program that will change the outcome of the vote.   Simply tell the machine that very second or third vote for the opposition party is electronically converted to a vote for the ruling party, its just that simple.  Asking the machines to spew out paper on a rerun audit will only give the previously programmed result, there is no checking without a programmer pulling each machine apart and inspecting exactly what it is programmed to do.    Even that may be impossible to do if the machine is programmed to disallow such an action.

So what is the answer?  the answer is not to use electronic voting machines.  Use old fashioned voting box’s.  At least then you may have the opportunity to view the people who are conning the electorate, even maybe look them in the eye as they shaft us.

The voting machines for Saint Vincent were also mentioned in WIKILEAKS

Barbados US Embassy
Date:2009 August 19, 13:42 (Wednesday)  Canonical ID:09BRIDGETOWN500_a
St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“According to Peters, Gonsalves is following the advice of Venezuelan President Chavez and intends to be a President for life. The ordering of Electronic Voting Machines from a company associated with Chavez is causing worry that the vote could be rigged in the upcoming election. Plans for redistricting to weaken the opposition are moving forward, Peters said, and voter rolls are not as accurate as one would hope”.

I remember at the time of the 2010 elections there was talk and written comments of crates arriving at the  airport containing electronic  voting machines, unloaded from a Venezuelan military aircraft.   If that was true where are they being stored?  and can we expect to be using them anytime soon?