Vote counts commenced slowly where pro-presidential
candidates faced opposition opponents in tight races.
Bottlenecks appeared at district election commissions that
delayed the process of accepting tabulated results from precinct election
commission heads. Election watchdog OPORA reported also that many precinct
commission heads started to re-write their tabulated results before submitting
them for processing. The same was witnessed by opposition party observers.
Election authorities blamed the huge delays on faulty or
slow computer technical problems. Nevertheless, suspicion of vote tampering
ensued with each passing hour and day. Some precinct commission heads had to
wait up to 72 hours before submitting their results to district election
commission officials, often without food and under sleep deprivation.