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Venezuela court blocks destruction of voter lists

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's Supreme Court has ordered opposition electoral officials not to destroy lists of voters following primary elections.

Rafael Velasquez was a mayoral contender in Sunday's primary and sought the court order so that voter lists could be reviewed.

Venezuela's opposition coalition had decided that books with voters' names and identification numbers would be burned as an extra measure to ensure secrecy.

The issue is of concern to the opposition. After a failed 2004 recall vote against President Hugo Chavez, a list of those who had petitioned for the vote was leaked and widely circulated. Some have said that list was used at times by Chavez supporters to single out opponents.

The Supreme Court announced its decision Tuesday.

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