The U.K.-based “Smartmatic” company posted a flow-chart on its website that it had provided voting machines for 16 states, including important battleground states like Florida and Arizona. Smartmatic Chairman Mark Malloch-Brown is a former U.N. official and sits on the board of Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Since the story first broke, the flow-chart has disappeared from Smartmatic’s website–Edmund Kozak of Lifesette news, reporting
Is this all really a rumor, or does fact support it?
Alek Boyd, Political researcher, sounds off
The only time Smartmatic has participated in an electoral process in the USA, it was deemed a disaster…”
“[Smartmatic founder Antonio] Mugica has been at the helm of a company specifically created for intentional manipulation of electoral rules. The only time Mr. Mugica’s electronic machines (were) subjected to a fully independent audit in Venezuela — Fila de Mariches, Nov. 23, 2005, in the presence of EU and OAS electoral observers — it was demonstrated that the secrecy of votes was compromised. That (was) the only and last time the Venezuelan opposition (was) allowed anywhere near a Smartmatic voting machine.
“Claims by Mr. Mugica of a successful track record, upon which US authorities may entertain the prospect of contracting his company’s services, are truly astonishing. Mind you, he chairs a company that refused to open up to CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States) scrutiny, after Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney requested a probe into its ownership structure, following a spectacular electoral fiasco in Chicago in 2006, at the hands of a subsidiary it had acquired: Sequoia Voting Systems. On that occasion, Smartmatic flew in a bunch of ‘electoral experts’ from Venezuela — on tourist visas — who were meant to monitor and supervise the process. Alderman Ed Burke raised the alarm, and the rest, as they say, is history. Smartmatic ‘disposed’ of Sequoia — though Smartmatic’s Venezuela-developed software continues to be licensed to Sequoia. Mr. Mugica’s company exited the US through the back door, never revealing whether or not Hugo Chavez still holds a 28-percent interest in it.
“Therefore, the only time Smartmatic has participated in an electoral process in the USA, it was deemed a disaster, and in the ensuing probe, it refused to collaborate with US authorities. Is that track record the one Mr. Mugica is banking on for new business opportunities? Or is it the ever so fraudulent record in other countries, where it has been granted contracts in closed processes without bidding, never submitting to meaningful and independent scrutiny, like in Venezuela; or it has falsely claimed to be a Dutch company with an equally spurious ‘extensive record’ in the provision of biometric services, like it did in Mexico City, where its bid was registered with an address of an official who was meant to be vetting the process?
“Smartmatic has won over $300 million worth of contracts since 2004, mainly from unaccountable governments of underdeveloped countries, where democratic tenets, such as free and fair elections, transparency, and checks and balances are completely and utterly disregarded. In that, it has been tremendously successful. No doubt. But in participating in free and transparent elections, or in opening up to the kind of scrutiny typical of truly democratic nations? Its first success is yet to take place.”