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Over 1M Afghan Election Votes May Be Fraudulent

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Posted on Sep 16, 2009
Afghan election
AP / Musadeq Sadeq

An Afghan worker for the election commission office walks by the counting center in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, in August.

A European Union election watchdog group has determined that as many as a third of the votes cast in the recent presidential election in Afghanistan might be fraudulent, which translates to as many as 1.1 million bogus votes—making Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s re-election seem suspect just as the tally tilted in his favor.

The Christian Science Monitor:

The latest dark cloud over the Aug. 20 election came as Afghanistan’s election commission released a preliminary vote tally Wednesday showing President Hamid Karzai with 54.6 percent of the votes cast – enough to avoid a runoff if the total stands up to one official recount already launched and to mounting doubts like those from the EU.

The EU’s general depiction of fraud was bad enough. But even more damaging to the Western-backed government of President Karzai was the finding by Phillippe Morillon, head of the EU monitor, that more than one-third of the votes Mr. Karzai received in his reelection bid – 1.1 million of about 3 million votes for Karzai – could be fraudulent and must be investigated.

In addition to the preliminary vote total, the election commission concluded that turnout in the election was 38 percent – much lower than the 70 percent that voted in Afghanistan’s first presidential election in 2004 and a number that is likely to feed doubts about the government’s legitimacy.

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By NYCartist, September 17, 2009 at 8:49 am Link to this comment

Prediction:Karzai will win.

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By LostHills, September 17, 2009 at 12:04 am Link to this comment

What’s a few million votes between friends?

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By diamond, September 16, 2009 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

You’ve got to hand it to Karzai and friends : they’ve learned from the best. Stealing elections is something Karzai’s buddies the American far right excel at.

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By PatrickHenry, September 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment

The Diebolding of Afghanistan.

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By voice of truth, September 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

You mean there is an ACORN branch in Afghanistan also?

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By Dr Nomas Kakita, September 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment
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First, I am amazed that you are using the CSM a source, the CSM has not got any real world event right in the last 40 years. Secondly, it’s a known fact that Karsai in NO LONGER supported by US/NATO gang in Afghanistan. “Our guy” is Abudallah Abdullah who is also supported by Pakistan’s ISI. Their present goal is to get rid of Karsai in a run off. Sound familiar ? I’m sure they have plan B but for that Google - “How the US gets rid of our Dictators when we NO longer need them”.

A few weeks ago your site was supporting the destabilization of Iran, now you are paroting the new line coming out of the US State Dept. and NATO.

Chris be careful ! Credibility is very important !

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