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Chicago Officials to held hearings on Smartmatic & Sequoia

By Aleksander Boyd

New York City 05.04.06 | Officials from the City of Chicago Council's Committee on Finance will be holding hearings regarding the ownership of Smartmatic International on Friday, April 7th at 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers on the Second Floor of Chicago City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street. The committee will ask questions of representatives of Smartmatic and Sequoia Voting Systems, who will be represented by Jack Blaine.

Readers may remember, as reported earlier, that Cook County and Chicago Board of Election officials will withheld payments to Sequoia due to its appalling performance, saying that the company "did not perform adequately."

Richard Brand from The Miami Herald brought the issue of national security to the fora, arguing that Sequoia, a fully owned subsidiary of Smartmatic, has entered the electoral business in the USA. Smartmartic connection to the Hugo Chavez regime is a matter of public record, having been launched with Venezuelan government's funds.

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