Venezuela court chief: no ground for vote recount

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's Supreme Court president says there is no legal basis for the vote-by-vote recount that opposition candidate Henrique Capriles is demanding, suggesting his petition can be rejected when filed.

Capriles alleges Sunday's election was stolen from him through widespread abuses. He has not yet formally filed a request for a recount with the National Electoral Council, which on Monday ratified the 50.8-to-49 percent victory of Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez's anointed successor.

Judge Luisa Morales said Wednesday that Venezuela's voting system is so automated that a manual count doesn't exist. But technically, a recount is possible as a paper receipt is issued for every vote cast.

Morales is the same judge who issued a controversial decision in March that Maduro effectively became president the moment Chavez died.