Afghan Elections Marred by Violence, Fraud

Monday, September 20, 2010

An election worker is surrounded by ballot boxes at the Independent Election Comission warehouse September 19, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Voter turnout was light in many parts of the country. (Paula Bronstein/Getty)

Afghan voters went to the polls this weekend to cast their ballot in parliamentary elections. More than 2,500 candidates ran for 249 seats. According to reports from Afghanistan, many candidates tried to buy the election by paying voters for their ballots and busing crowds of people into polling stations. Meanwhile, election day quickly turned violent in some locations, with dozens of rocket attacks and violence at polling stations. The New York Times reported that more than 12 people were killed in election-related violence. Due to security concerns, some polling stations remained closed or had very little voter turnout.

With this climate of fear and fraud, how can we measure the level of success from this weekend's elections? To help answer that, we talk with Glenn Cowan, chief of mission for Democracy International. We also talk with Christine Fair, a professor at Georgetown University's Security Studies Program.

Guests:

Glenn Cowan and Christine Fair

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Noel King

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