Fraud at polls: can journalists and statisticians check? The Mozambican experience

Hosted by Department of International Development and Department of Statistics

Hong Kong Theatre,


Johan Ahlback

Dr Joseph Hanlon

Dr Jouni Kuha


Dr Wendy Willems

In every Mozambican election, the ruling party (Frelimo) won, and the opposition cried fraud. Can we tell who really won? Teams of up to 150 journalists, organized by Joe Hanlon, covered the elections across the country and reported that fraud and misconduct did occur. But did it change the outcome? Mozambique reports results from each polling station (each with fewer than 1000 voters) which allows statistical analysis for ballot box stuffing, invalidating opposition votes, and other misconduct. This is a first report on a unique project to put the journalists and statisticians together - and test the official outcome of five presidential elections.

Johan Ahlback is a PhD student in the Department of Government at LSE.

Joseph Hanlon is a Visiting Fellow in International Development at LSE.

Jouni Kuha is an Associate Professor of Statistics and Research Methodology in the Department of Statistics at LSE.

Wendy Willems is an Associate Professor in the Media & Communications Department at LSE.

A blog post entitled Mozambique returns to war, as opposition claims electoral ‘fraud’ by Johan Ahlback and Dr Joseph Hanlon is available to read at the LSE Department of International Development Blog.

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A copy of Johan Ahlback and Dr Joseph Hanlon's powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download 'Fraud at polls: can journalists and statisticians check? The Mozambican experience' (pdf).


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