Will Anyone Trust Afghan Election Results?

Corruption charges dog 2nd-ever election

Thursday, September 03, 2009

U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke went to Paris on Wednesday for a meeting with more than two dozen of his international peers. But it wasn't a celebration – Holbrooke was there pursuing a fair outcome to Afghanistan's presidential primary election. The meeting was filled with reports of rampant fraud and further allegations of corruption during the country's second-ever presidential election since the fall of the Taliban.

The latest results, with more than 60 percent of the ballots counted, show that incumbent president Hamid Karzai has 47.3 percent of the vote. As Afghanistan braces for a potential runoff election, we look at what Afghanistan can do to clean up their voting process with Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard, author of The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State and a fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations; and Emal Pasarly, a reporter in the BBC's Pashto section.

<div><p>"In a way, our disputed elections, going all the way back even to the Bush against Gore fight in 2000, are a luxury of being a country that's relatively at peace. We just don't have that option in Afghanistan."<br /> &mdash;Harvard Professor Noah Feldman on the credibility of the Afghan elections</p></div>


Noah Feldman and Emal Pasarly


Jesse Baker

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Nov. 04 2009 01:59 PM
Nikos Retsos

Why should anybody trust the result of
the Afghan elections? The elections were a fig leaf of the U.S. occupation.
BBC reported on August 25, 2009, that in
3 towns with 50.000 residents each, fewer than 300 votes were casted in each town. How much legitimacy 900 votes convey in a region with 150.000 inhabitants? Then there were the thousands of votes cards for sale (BBC, August 18, 2009), and vote cards issued to 13 years-old (N.Y.Times, August 20, 2009) Now, add to those reports other reports of widespread "ballot stuffing," and "ballot boxes discarded on the side of highways," and I don't see anything left to convey legitimacy to the U.S. stooge Hamid Karzai - other than ballot stuffing!

With the exception of the U.S. and its close allies, no other country would recognize the Afghan election. But
now the U.S. can continue to claim that it is there to support the democracy and freedom of the Afghan people! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

Sep. 03 2009 08:46 AM
MK Ultra

Other than the fact that innocent people are being slaughtered in Afghanistan and my great-grand kids' money is being blown over there by the truckfull, I need one reason (doesn't even have to be a good reason, just a reason) why I should give a rat's ass about the elections in Afgahnistan.

Jaysus, since 2000, I can't even trust the elections in the US, why should I trust them in Afghanistan? You people should get a grip on this stuff and stop addressing this topic as if it were serious.

Sep. 03 2009 08:20 AM

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