Alfredo Weil, dean of election organization and monitoring in Venezuela, is widely respected throughout Latin America.
Director general of Venezuela's Supreme Electoral Council from 1974-84 and again in 1993-94, he is a founding director of ESDATA, privately organized to assure clean elections.
puts the case simply: "Voting is a human right, and the challenge is to assure that each vote is impartial, transparent and secret.
This has been enshrined in the United Nations charter, by the Organization of American
States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
, but it is not honored in Venezuela.
Our computerized voting system violates every one of these three basic tenets of fair democratic voting."
is confident his
organization and thousands of volunteers can capture accurate readings from the country's voting machines, and ESDATA
is committed to make the results known to any and every one interested.
Lovers of serious democracy will need all the expertise Alfredo Weil
colleagues at ESDATA
can muster, fearless and tireless efforts by dedicated volunteer poll watchers - plus resolute voter determination to send their national leader a strong message.