The National Electoral Council (CNE) will use fingerprints from the file of the Venezuelan Administrative Service of Identification, Migration and Citizenship (Saime) to complete the register of voters.
The electoral schedule 2012 may not be known until the fourth quarter of this year, but the technical restriction that prevented “joint” voting at different levels (for instance, elections for president and state governors) will be overcome by the implementation of the Comprehensive Authentication System (SAI).
According to the latest data provided by the Register of Voters, at November 30, 2010, a total of 17,805,640 voters are enrolled. Although all these voters could participate in the elections to choose governors and legislative councils, when the CNE convenes the presidential elections, a total of 197,967 foreigners will not be allowed to elect the President and should be excluded from the electoral roll.
Under the previous electoral system, restricting voting options according to the type of voter was not technically feasible. Upon the implementation of SAI, the voting “machine” can recognize the type of voting and displays the options.