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Azerbaijan leaks election results – before election

Insider attack; Misplaced data

A day ahead of polling, the country’s government apparently decided who won the most votes for president.

Not a big surprise, reports the Washington Post, noting that the BBC's headline for its story on the election reads "The Pre-Determined President."

“Even still, one expects a certain ritual in these sorts of authoritarian elections, a fealty to at least the appearance of democracy, if not democracy itself. So it was a bit awkward when Azerbaijan's election authorities released vote results – a full day before voting had even started,” the Post writes.

Before citizens started voting, incumbent Ilham Aliyev won by a landslide – according to an official smartphone app run by the Central Election Commission. It showed Aliyev as "winning" with 72.76 percent of the vote. Candidate Jamil Hasanli came in second with 7.4 percent of the vote.

“The data were quickly recalled. The official story is that the app's developer had mistakenly sent out the 2008 election results as part of a test. But that's a bit flimsy, given that the released totals show the candidates from this week, not from 2008,” the Post reports. 

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October 9, 2013

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October 08, 2013

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October 08, 2013