Uribe accuses registrar of defying alcohol ban

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has asked the inspector general to investigate Registrar Carlos Ariel Sanchez for allegedly violating the weekend-long election alcohol ban with a drink of scotch.

The president released a statement requesting that the prosecutor “investigate the claim made by several citizens that the National Registrar … Carlos Ariel Sanchez, and others around him, violated the rule of the election weekend’s liquor ban.”

Sanchez has strongly denied the allegations.

“More than 24 straight hours of walking are not possible under the influence of alcohol,” he claimed.

The National Registry, of which Sanchez is head, has come under fire for irregularities and slow vote counting in the election.

A ban on all sale and consumption of alcohol was put in place over the election weekend.

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