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.Releasing the results before the polls open! Brilliant! Why didn't we think of that?
The vote counts – spoiler alert: Aliyev was shown as winning by a landslide – were pushed out on an official smartphone app run by the Central Election Commission. It showed Aliyev as "winning" with 72.76 percent of the vote. That's on track with his official vote counts in previous elections: he won ("won"?) 76.84 percent of the vote in 2003 and 87 percent in 2008.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Just Like Home
Elections in Louisiana are fun, and we've had our share of scoundrels, scandals, and hanky-panky. However, the guys in Azerbaijan are making us look like pikers. They've released the election results before the polls even opened. Really!