The electronic monitoring of voting numbers during the 2012-2021 elections in Armenia was intended to prevent probable fraud and violations and, as a result, to help restore society's trust in the electoral institute. Its goals were to verify the correctness of the voting process and outcomes in all precincts, analyze any instances of irregularities and fraud during voting, and to assess the impact of fraud and irregularities on the referendum's outcome.
Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center (TIAC) NGO is an anti-corruption movement in Armenia, which is the official member of Transparency International's worldwide, implemented the project in 2012-2018, financed by Open Society Foundations - Armenia.
This method of electronic monitoring of voting numbers
(specific linked voting statistics) has been applied by TIAC during the 2012, 2017, 2018 National Assembly, 2013 presidential, 2013 Yerevan Council elections, and 2015 constitutional referendum.
The method, which is based on the comparison of related to each other voting numbers, is described in detail in the “Voting rights and electoral falsifications” (ISBN-978-9939-53-733-7) book (in Armenian), published in 2010 in Yerevan.
The basic assumption on which the concept of the method is based is that if the electoral procedures have been conducted properly, then the mathematical relationships between those numbers shall have certain (“correct”) values or ranges of values.
If the voting procedures have been carried out in a proper manner, then the mathematical relationships between the voting numbers should be equal to certain values. If those values are different, then one could have serious and legitimate concerns that there could be serious risks associated with the occurrence of irregularities and, even, fraud that took place in the electoral processes. The findings of the method could be very important additional proof for the findings revealed by the observation of the electoral processes before Election Day as well as on that day in the polling stations, including the vote counting and summarization of the results in the precincts.
Lyudvig Khachatryan, the author of the method, is the head of the monitoring group in this project. The same group also carried out electronic monitoring at all the elections mentioned above and constitutional referendum. The results of those monitoring efforts are currently available at the TIAC website (see http://elections.transparency.am/).
Project Director: Varuzhan Hoktanyan
Lyudvig Khachatryan - Election expert/analyst,
Gayane Margaryan – Full Stack Web developer/MySQL Database Administrator,
Armine Martirosyan – Programmer / Web Developer
Lusine Topchyan - Operator /Translator,
Luiza Topchyan - Operator,
Anahit Shamamyan - Operator.