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U.N. Official Sees ‘Widespread Fraud’ in Afghan Election

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Posted on Oct 11, 2009

Kai Eide, the top U.N. official in Afghanistan, had earlier been accused of attempting to cover up election fraud in that country.

After facing allegations of a cover-up, Kai Eide, the most senior U.N. presence in Afghanistan, acknowledged that “widespread fraud” has tainted the country’s presidential election but denied that he tried to hide evidence of cheating.

A fraud investigation report is expected in the next several days. According to The Guardian, a Western diplomat said it was “on a knife edge” whether enough fraudulent votes would be removed from the preliminary result to trigger a potentially difficult second round.

The Guardian:

The most senior United Nations official in Afghanistan today acknowledged that “widespread fraud” had marred Afghanistan’s presidential election, but denied allegations from his sacked second-in-command that he had attempted to cover up evidence of cheating.

With days to go until the final result of the August election, Kai Eide, the head of the UN mission in Kabul, admitted there had been “significant fraud”. He said that the claims [of a cover-up] made by Peter Galbraith, the American diplomat sacked earlier this month, had “affected the entire election process”.

The report of a fraud investigation is due in the coming days, which will decide the final outcome of the voting that took place more than seven weeks ago.

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By Blackspeare, October 12, 2009 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

Actually, the Afghans have learned quite well from their US handlers——rigged elections are a staple in the USA and are accepted with a wink and a nod!

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By felicity, October 11, 2009 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

Kai Eide and who knows how many others have to be profitting from Karzai’s position as head of government.  To be surrounded for years by on-going corruption in government and ostensibly not know it - never mind the ‘election’ - can only mean Kai and others in key postions (American contractors, anybody?) are getting away with skimming millions of bucks off of the funds meant to go to rebuilding the country but instead are going into private bank accounts.  Seven years and apparently counting…

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