OAS chief backs call for recount in Venezuela vote

The head of the Organization of American States on Monday backed calls for a recount in Venezuela's presidential elections, offering the help of experts from the regional body.

"Regarding the need to carry out an audit and complete recount of the vote, Secretary General (Jose Miguel) Insulza expressed his support for this initiative and put at Venezuela's disposal the OAS' team of election experts," the organization said in a statement.

Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles demanded a recount after Venezuela's election council declared acting President Nicolas Maduro the winner of the snap election to replace the late president Hugo Chavez.

Maduro, whom Chavez had endorsed before his death of cancer on March 5, said his victory was "fair, legal, constitutional," but said he was open to an audit of the vote.