'Fingerprints of election thieves' in past PH elections data

'Fingerprints of election thieves' in past PH elections data

Organisation: Rappler (Philippines)

Publication Date: 04/07/2017


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Rappler examined indications of possible cheating in the last 2 automated elections using transmitted election results data, made available by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). We patterned our investigation to the technique of a group of researchers from the Santa Fe Institute, who used statistics to detect irregularities in election results. Our probe revealed that indications of cheating were evident in the fingerprints for the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which has a history of chaotic conduct of elections.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

Published before the May 9, 2016 Philippine elections, the story encouraged readers to be vigilant, to monitor the conduct of elections, and to use data to either confirm or disprove cheating claims.

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The election "fingerprints" were produced using R.
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