Thursday, October 5, 2023

Election postponed in UCV due to mistake of 2 technicians

The President of the UCV Electoral Commission, Carlos Martín, elaborated on Tuesday some of the reasons that led to the postponement of last Friday’s House of Studies elections, in which more than 600 positions will be contested. And he insisted that the main problem was a mistake two technicians made with the election data.

In an interview with Circuito Onda, Martín insisted that there was a series of events that “accumulated” that did not allow the election to hold the positions for the rectory, academic vice-rectorate, administrative vice-rectorate and secretary. Was. To deans and representative teachers before CU, Faculty Councils and School Councils.

“Considering the magnitude of the election, two people were hired to help our computer technician and our administrative technician, but unfortunately the two technicians made an error in the data and this did not allow us to publish the voters list Our technician personally assumed that what happened was that all information was lost and set out to compile the complete list, which is a complex task considering that the number of voters tripled in the last elections to which we are accustomed.

“This error delayed us by a week in being able to print ballots and election booklets. We only had three days left to be able to print” and added, “We believed everything would be fine because our technical staff told us it could, and that’s why we didn’t postpone the election . For 4 days and 4 nights we worked hard to get the ballots out on Election Day.

Similarly, Martin indicated that the material coming into the UCV was incomplete and disorganized.

« We mobilized for UCV because the tables would open at 9 am after we had asked for an hour as in theory it was 8:00 am and we realized that there was a lack of material to print and that Did not reach the counting centers. Very little quantity was coming.”

He refrained from describing the fact as “sabotage” and expressed “there was a strange handling of the material, and the word you mentioned—sabotage—gains power. Until we have complete information Until then we won’t blame anyone, but on Sunday we had an emergency meeting and saw boxes of material arriving at the university.

The boxes that appeared did not specify where the ballots and voting books for the election “appeared to be hidden,” according to Usevista.

At this point, he ruled out that the logistical problems had anything to do with optical readers or insufficient ballots. According to his explanation, he ordered the printing of 49,000 ballots, 20% of the voter list of 245,000 people.

“The problem was not with the ticket, but with the material not reaching each center on time. That was the problem. When we reached the UCV we were able to verify that there was a shortage of material”.

He denied that the ballot papers were wet.

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