Online votes protection platform Golos (“Voice”) together with the Honest People civic initiative published the results of the interim analysis of presidential elections. The analysis compares the official voting records of the election commissions with the photos of the real ballots submitted to the platform by the voters.
Over 1,24 million people have registered on the Golos platform. So far, 507,477 of them have sent photos of their ballots to make comparison possible. The platform publishes the results after the Central Election Commission (CEC) publishes its official results.
People in Belarus did not have access to the internet for over three days since 9 August.
So far, the Golos Platform received over 500,000 photos of ballots that voters submitted via an online messaging system (Viber and Telegram chat-bots). Comparison of the photos of the ballots sent by people with the official voting records published by the election commissions showed that the official voting records of almost 300 polling places have been rigged.
Developers of the platform say: “Together with the whole country we stand against the cruelty and violence that authorities permit themselves. We call to stop all actions that suppress the right of freedom of opinion and expression. We have collected a huge amount of data, and we can already confidently declare that the results of the presidential elections have been rigged.
Within the next few days, we will publish a complete detailed report with the data from all over the country shown on a digital map. However, even today we already have the proof of the sham elections. We are glad to see that many election commissions respected the people’s right and decision, and counted the votes correctly.
At the same time, we are upset that hundreds and maybe even thousands of election commissions have announced rigged results and this way stole the real votes. These polling places will be marked as the polling places with rigged results on the digital map.”
There are 5,767 official voting records in total, and by now we have processed 989 of them. The result of mapping the results in the official voting records of the election commissions with the photos of the ballots showed that at least 298 election commissions rigged the results. As of now, the percent of the rigged voting records amounts to around 30%.
However, this percent depends on the number of processed and checked photos per polling place. It’s important to note that we have processed the voting records as they came in, and we didn’t do any special sampling or selection of the polling places and/or voting records.
According to the official voting records, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya got 393,193 votes at these 989 polling places (17% of the total number of polling places). That’s 66.8% of the total of 588,622 votes. That’s the number of votes that the CEC claims Tikhanovskaya got at the presidential elections.
Mathematically it means that at the rest of the polling places (4,778 or 83% of the total number) she got only 33.2%. Based on this, we can confirm that the numbers shown in the final voting records of the precinct election commissions do not match with the results of the presidential elections declared by the CEC.
The count of votes for Alexander Lukashenko raises questions as well. The results of the 989 polling places were processed randomly. According to the official voting records, Lukashenko got 62.5% of votes at these 989 polling places, which is considerably less than the final results announced by the CEC (80.1%). It is important to understand that even this percent of 62.5% can not be considered reliable if there was vote-rigging. In fact, vote-rigging was detected in the results of every third polling place processed by that time. This means that the result of 80.1% is mathematically and logically impossible.
How the comparison works
To detect falsifications, the results of the voting records of the precinct election commission are compared with the number of the photos of the ballots in “Golos” per polling place. If at a certain polling place the number of the photos of the ballots submitted exceeds those stated in the official voting records, there are grounds to say that the results have been rigged.
You can learn more about the approach we used to compare the data on the sham elections map on the Golos Platform: https://bit.ly/golos_result and results.belarus2020.org (via VPN if you’re in Belarus, so far in Russian and Belarusian only).
We are continuing to receive the photos of the ballots and are processing them. The final report of the online platforms Golos and Zubr, as well as a report from Honest People will be published on August 18, once all available data has been processed.
This report will be presented as a digital map with detailed information per polling place with a list of all violations and acts of falsifications. We also will publish all final voting records we used to make calculations and conclusions. Besides that, you will also be able to see all photos of the ballots per polling place, and anyone will be able to count them. The platform is available for Belarusians via VPN at https://belarus2020.org. The voters can still send the photos of the ballots via online messengers in Viber and Telegram.
- The preliminary report from Golos and Honest people is available in Russian here
- The data on the polling places used to make reports is available here
- Sham Elections Map is available here
Situation around Golos
On 6 August, Alexander Lukashenko instructed the authorities to assess the legality of initiatives on alternative counting of votes in the elections.
He said: “Another subject that was raised is the alternative counting of votes on the elections day. Both the Prosecutor General’s Office and the courts must assess the legality of these initiatives.”
On the same day the Head of the CEC, Lidia Ermoshina, made a video statement in which she expressed regret that “a political scam is being introduced in our country in the form of Golos Platform.”
“Basically you have created an informal shady Central Commission,” noted the Head of the CEC and called the platform a “harmful and criminal project.”
“They claim that it’s about controlling the expression of opinion. No, my dears, that’s not about control. That’s about creating a distorted election result to devalue the official results and to have grounds to organize riots. That’s what the project is about,” said Ermoshina.
The project team responded to the Head of the CEC: “The only goal of the Golos Platform is to make sure that the official results are true. That’s just an online service that doesn’t endorse any candidate and thus it can not distort the results of the elections.”
After the statements made by Lukashenko and Ermoshina, the Prosecutor General’s Office concluded that online platforms Golos and Zubr.in were conducting social surveys and research without accreditation (so they were not allowed to do this). The platforms asked the voters to take photos of the ballots at the polling places and submit them, this way voters participate in the alternative votes count.
This is considered a social survey or research, and the platforms don’t have a permit to do this. The founders of the platform could face fines and detention.
The text is translated by Tatiana Volkova