Kyrgyzstan: Report Shows Presidential Candidate Gained Access to Private Data
An in-depth investigation by news website Kloop.kg has revealed evidence of collusion in Kyrgyzstan between the government and the winner of this month’s presidential election. A Kloop.kg report states its research shows that Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s campaign gained direct access to government computer servers, almost certainly giving it access to vast pools of personal data about the nation’s voters.
When Jeenbekov, who was nominated to run by the ruling Social Democratic Party, unexpectedly won a majority of the vote in the October 15 election, his detractors were quick to suggest that he had benefited from the deployment of what are known as “administrative resources.” This usually describes a cocktail of methods that can range from unfair and disproportionate access to state media to placing pressure on civil servants and students to vote for a given candidate.
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