Evo Morales 2019 Bolivian Election - MIT researchers say, no indication of fraud.
There is not any statistical evidence of fraud that we can find
Writing in the Washington Post, the researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s election data and science lab have entered what has become a fraught debate about Morales’s legacy and whether he was forced to step down due to an attempt to manipulate the vote or, rather, pushed out as part of a military coup.
“There is not any statistical evidence of fraud that we can find,” wrote John Curiel and Jack R Williams, both from MIT, adding that the conclusions of an audit by the Organization of American States “would appear deeply flawed”.
Morales, the country’s first indigenous president, resigned in November under pressure from the police and army, following weeks of violent protests over alleged voter fraud and an OAS report that said it had found “serious irregularities” in the vote and “clear manipulations” of the voting system.
In a series of quick-fire developments, Morales fled into exile in Mexico where he was granted asylum and a senator, Jeanine Áñez, controversially assumed the interim presidency, pledging to bring the Bible back to the presidential palace and installing a military-backed government that vowed to jail Morales for life, accusing him of sedition and terrorism.