Venezuela’s 2009 constitutional amendment referendum: Audits

To prove the electoral system worked properly, the CNE, along with Smartmatic, international observers and representatives of different political actors, carried out several tests. They checked software and hardware, as well as the data tallying and transmission.

Engineering test (25 January)
All parties validated the technological infrastructure through which the electoral data would be transmitted: fixed telephone lines, mobile and satellite. In a joint effort, the CNE, Smartmatic, CANTV, CADAFE, CEOFAB officials and the educational areas around the country checked the transmission technological platform was 100% effective.

Voting software audit (8-12 January)
Technicians from the political parties and the CNE evaluated the machine programming. Smartmatic representatives demonstrated how the machines’ software worked during each of their functions (opening, voting, closing, transmission etc.)

Hardware audit (20-30 January)
Technicians from the political parties and the CNE carefully evaluated voting machine hardware in order to check all of the physical components, such as: mother board, network cards, tactile membranes and touch screens.

Closing audit (15 February)
At the end of the electoral process, approximately 54% of the ballot boxes containing voting receipts were opened. This was to compare those results to the ones from the printed and transmitted precinct count reports.