14 September 2010

Leader of Hezbollah Venezuela exposes electoral roll flaws

I'm reading a book about an alleged infiltration into the world of transnational terrorism by an undercover Spanish journalist that goes by the name of Antonio Salas. While I am not prepared to take everything written by Salas at face value, there's an undeniable wealth of information in the book that allows anyone with a modicum of interest to follow leads.

Case in point: Teodoro Rafael Darnott, purported leader of Hezbollah Venezuela. I posted an article about Hezbollah Venezuela written by Gustavo Coronel, in September 2006. Around that time, Salas was meant to be in Venezuela, and got to meet Teodoro Rafael Darnott. But what interested me about this particular individual was the date of birth, published by Salas in the book. So I got to do a bit of research, on Venezuela's electoral roll. Below my findings:

As it turns out, Teodoro Rafael Darnott has two IDs, with the same name:

1- V-2794517
DOB: 11/12/1946 (allowed to vote).

2- V-5558381
DOB: 18/04/1955 (as noted in Salas' book, not allowed to vote).

So the question is: how many such flaws could there be in an electoral roll that has not been properly audited by independent parties? Mind, if an individual can have two entries in the roll with the same name, who can guarantee that electoral results in Venezuela are free and fair?


Liz said...

Y estas consultas de datos las puede hacer cualquiera? Mijo, tu eres un espía buenísimo.

AB said...

Liz, cualquiera puede chequear datos en el CNE.

En Maisanta consigues los numeros de cedula y fecha de nacimiento. Luego haces otras busquedas en la pagina de los seguros, la de las licencias, etc., y terminas teniendo una idea bastante clara de cualquier persona en Venezuela.

Roberto N said...

You think that's a flaw? Take a look at this posted over on Mr. Coronel's website:


Look at the picture at the top of the post. Mr. Jose Gregorio Gonzalez Rodriguez has multiple cedulas and birthplaces. Now all of the components of that name are fairly common, but what are the odds that all those Jose Gregorios were born on 4 August 1962?

THere was either a very smooth talking bus driver named Jose Gregorio Gonzalez who had a December to Remember in 1961 or there is something not quite kosher about our electoral registry.

I'm going with the non kosher registry, methinks.

AB said...

If you want to get a real flavour of how accurate the REP is, do follow the link in the last paragraph.