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October 9, 2013

Azerbaijan election app shows victory before vote

Twitter users question app's leaked election results day before polls.

Members of the electoral commission prepare to count the votes in a poling station in Baku Azerbaijan 09 October 2013. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

An app tracking Azerbaijan's presidential election appears to have published the results of the election before a single voter went to Wednesday's polls. Azerbaijanis shared screenshots from the app, which show President Ilham Aliyev winning by a landslide.
Though some doubted that the app really showed signs of electoral fraud, many on Twitter were quick to share accounts from the ground of irregularities. Azerbaijan's opposition has denounced the results showing victory for President Ilham Aliyev and pledged not to accept the election as free or fair.