Carter states that the election process in Venezuela is “the best in the world”

Caracas, September 20th 2012. - Former US President Jimmy Carter stated "As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we've monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world" during the kickoff of the Annual Conversations at the Carter Center series. Basing his opinion on the vast experience amassed by the institution observing and monitoring elections around the world, Mr. Carter praised the South American nation for having a voting system that makes verifying results an easy task.  

The technological solution developed by Smartmatic, which has been used in Venezuela since 2004, includes touch-screen voting machines that store votes electronically (encrypted and scrambled), and print a paper receipt for each vote. This characteristic, the full implementation of the VVPAT concept, gives the system a great advantage according to Mr. Carter.  

The former President, who has an impressive record in electoral monitoring, also remarked that elections in Latin America have improved significantly over the past decades.

Unlike other countries that have earned renown in electronic voting, such as Brazil, India and the USA, Venezuela's voting technology provided by multinational Smartmatic, offers several security mechanisms for audits and verification of results, which have been accredited by national and international observers including the Carter Center. In fact, Venezuela was the first country to deploy on a national scale, in 2004, an election using touch screen voting machines with printed paper receipts.  

Among the many topics discussed by the former President in the Atlanta event were the efforts of the Carter Center in strengthening peace and democracy, in favor of health in Africa and the financing of electoral campaigns around the world.