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The Wall Street Journal: Venezuelan election was fraudulent, says voting-software company

CARACAS — Venezuelan authorities tampered with votes during an election this week to pick a 550-member body to rewrite the country’s constitution, said the London-based company that provided voting software and electronic machines for the poll.

“We are convinced this is the first time there has been fraud in any election that we have been involved with,” Mark Malloch-Brown, chairman of Smartmatic, said in an interview on Wednesday. He spoke after the company disclosed that officials doctored more than one million of the 8.1 million votes the government said were cast.

The revelations from Smartmatic, which provides voting software to governments worldwide, cast further doubt over the legitimacy of Sunday’s election of a powerful constituent assembly staffed with loyalists to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

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