Mexico Elections 2012: IFE Fraud and Number Manipulation Claims Trending Among Mexican Social Media Users
**UPDATE** IFE announces it has detected several cyber attacks to its PREP website but assures none were successful. Informs that the official vote return documents will be available tonight, 8:00 p.m. local time, for all citizens to audit the results themselves.
Mexican citizens are turning to social media platforms to denounce the alleged abnormalities that have supposedly arisen after Sunday's general election preliminary results - giving PRI candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto the virtual win - were posted.
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In one account, Jorge López Gallardo (profile, public CV), a physics professor at the University of Texas, El Paso posted strong claims against Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute's PREP (Preliminary Electoral Results Program).
"Without a doubt, the numbers posted by PREP are manipulated," the physicist tweeted through his Twitter account.
López Gallardo argued that after analyzing the first 14 updates of the vote count from PREP, he found that the number of votes for each candidate displayed a perfect correlation during a period longer than three hours.
Citing the Pearson Correlation Coefficient, López Gallardo tweeted, "Pearson measures whether data is matched and a value of 1.000 is perfect for the relationships between PAN-PRI-PRD", implying that such value is impossible under normal conditions.
The physicist posted his findings on Twitter and they could be viewed by clicking here.
Other abnormalities that are trending in Twitter right now are several cases of alleged vote number manipulation.
As per the following images, the vote counts registered at some of the polling stations do not match with what the IFE rendered on its PREP website (Claim 1 , Claim 2). .
The Latinos Post confirmed (as of 3 p.m. EST Monday) the numbers on IFE's PREP site to coincide with the vote numbers displayed on the alleged images; now what is put into question is the validity and authenticity of the images themselves.
Whether authentic or not, the allegations and claims have apparently prompted a wave of social media activity involving users to share these findings and supposed evidence.
The Latinos Post has learned that protests and demonstrations denouncing the preliminary results will take place starting at 2:00 p.m. in Mexico City.
The popular student movement #YoSoy132 who initiated various protests to secure transparency throughout the elections campaigns is organizing the above mentioned protest.