Venezuela's Supreme Court president has said there was no legal basis for the vote-by-vote recount that opposition candidate Henrique Capriles is demanding, suggesting his petition can be rejected when filed.
Mr 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 has ratified the 50.8-to-49% victory of Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez's anointed successor.
Judge Luisa Morales said that Venezuela's voting system is so automated that a manual count does o't exist. But technically, a recount is possible as a paper receipt is issued for every vote cast.
He is the same judge who isfile:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/phild/Local%20Settings/Temp/9/fuel_cache/fuel_temp_5358602308798900325.tmpsued a controversial decision in March that Mr Maduro effectively became president the moment Mr Chavez died.