Damning OSCE Post-election Interim Report
e Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has issued a post-election report on the 28 October parliamentary elections and the vote count afterwards. It reports a lack of transparency and strong evidence that election results were falsified.
“The tabulation process lacked transparency; further observations after election day found that this element was assessed negatively in 77 of the 161 District Election Commissions (DECs) observed by OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission (EOM) observers. Some 25 DECs observed by the OSCE/ODIHR EOM in the days following election day experienced serious problems with tabulating the results in single-mandate districts due to irregularities and other issues, including intimidation of DEC and PEC members, interference in the work of DECs, instances of pre-signed PEC protocols, PEC protocols missing pages, and differences in copies of the same PEC protocols.
The OSCE/ODIHR EOM identified cases of preliminary results being changed after they were posted on the CEC website; there are strong indications that some results have been manipulated in favour of certain contestants….
… The main problems reported immediately after election day included DEC [district election commission] premises with insufficient space, overcrowding, tension, and tampering with election materials submitted by PECs [precinct election commissions]. The lengthy processing of PEC results was exacerbated by long breaks announced by some DECs, and by the very high number of PECs that were obliged to compile corrected protocols because of minor mistakes or because the figures in their protocols could not be reconciled. The tabulation process lacked transparency, especially as the room in which the election results were entered into the computer system for transmission to the CEC was, as a rule, not accessible to most DEC members or to proxies, domestic or international observers."
The report can be downloaded here: http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/97077