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Shocker: Fraud Claimed In Afghan Election

From an elated Reuters:

Fraud and turnout weigh on "miracle" Afghan poll

By Paul Tait and Sayed Salahuddin
September 19, 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – The top United Nations diplomat in Afghanistan said on Sunday it was too early to describe a parliamentary election as a success, with an expected 4,000 complaints to be heard and turnout figures not yet established…

Election officials pored over votes on Sunday but there will be a long wait before even preliminary results are declared, with ballots still to come in from remote areas and thousands of complaints expected from unsuccessful candidates…

A flawed poll would weigh on Obama when his administration faces mid-term Congressional elections in November amid sagging public support for the war, with violence at its worst since the Taliban were ousted in 2001…

The media sees everything through the prism of how it will hurt or help Mr. Obama.

The Taliban twice threatened to disrupt the election and warned voters to stay away. Their threat seemed to have some impact on turnout, with nervous voters staying at home after the hardline Islamists [sic] launched scores of attacks across the country.

The bodies of three election officials kidnapped during voting were found in northern Balkh province on Sunday, IEC chairman Fazl Ahmad Manawi said…

Attempted fraud was also a major concern, with reports of ballot-stuffing, repeat voting, vote-buying and other fraud coming in from across the country…

The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan reported "extensive irregularities" ranging from the destruction of polling centers to ballot stuffing, erratic opening and closing times of polls and interference by candidates…

Unlike in our country.

De Mistura said he expected as many as 4,000 complaints which the U.N.-backed Electoral Complaints Commission would have to judge. Most would come from candidates who did not win one of the 249 seats in the wolesi jirga, or lower house of parliament…

Yes, the United Nations should be the ones to decide the Afghanistan elections.

After the tremendous amount of blood and treasure they have spent there, it is only fair.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Shocker: Fraud Claimed In Afghan Election”

  1. oldpuppydixie says:

    Democrats have taught them a lot, haven’t they!

  2. hushpuppy says:

    Shocker: Fraud Claimed In Afghan Election

    No! Say it ain’t so!

  3. artboyusa says:

    We just could have done what the Romans did for hundreds of years; that is, invade, knock out the enemy, install our puppet and then maintain a military presence sufficient for our security but otherwise let the locals govern themselves any way they wanted, as long as they didn’t threaten our interests but nooooo…not us. That’s not good enough for Uncle Sam, we have to do the impossible. We have to impose a liberal democracy on the Afghans, we have to somehow guarantee the rights of women and social minorities and freedom of speech and religious tolerance and all the stuff we enjoy and create a little dusty mirror of ourselves in the Hindu Kush. But to do that we have to drag a 13th century all the way into the 21st century before (a) the folks back home lose interest and (b) the locals remember how much they hate the guts of all foreigners and start doing something about us.

    The Afghan mission is well intentioned but undefined, full of magical thinking and openended and everybody involved just wants it to be over in the least humiliating and bloody way. I don’t see how it can possibly even begin to work within the time, funding and casualty constraints we impose on our ourselves. Right now we’re actually working against our own national interests and we should either come home or start acting like the Romans.

    • Right of the People says:

      I still say take out all of their infrastructure, power, water, etc to send them back to the time of the Romans where they truly want to be then napalm the poppy fields to cinders. They’ll be much happier by not being burdened with all of the progress and prosperity and can live their simple, stone aged lives in peace with Allah.

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