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Venezuela finds no fraud in election

CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Venezuela's electoral authorities said Saturday an audit of the vote on President Hugo Chavez's rule found no proof of fraud.

"The results of the audit were very positive... allowing us to turn the page," said National Electoral Council director Jorge Rodriguez.

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Chavez won 59 percent of the vote in the August 15 poll, sparking claims of vote-rigging from the opposition, who refused to take part in the review, the BBC reported Saturday.

It is the third time that international observers have endorsed the result.

The audit was carried out by the Venezuelan National Electoral Council and international observers from the Carter Center and the Organization of American States.

They checked the results produced by voting machines in 150 randomly chosen polling stations against paper records.

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