facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Fraud concerns loom ahead of Afghan runoff

Oct. 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM   |   Comments

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- U.N. and Afghan election monitors predict widespread fraud for the Nov. 7 runoff election between the two leading presidential candidates.

An investigation into the Aug. 20 presidential elections in Afghanistan uncovered rampant fraud forcing a runoff between incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah.

An unnamed former U.N. official told London's Daily Telegraph that it was unlikely election groups and security forces would change course with less than two weeks before the scheduled runoff.

"I don't think anything is going to be different," the official said. "I don't know: are the Independent Election Commission members who did it last time, and the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police and governors who were all complicit going to behave differently? I doubt it."

The comments come on the heels of a report by The International Crisis Group that shows little political will or resources to rectify the flaws in the Afghan election process that led to the massive fraud.

Karzai downplayed the fraud as an attempt to undermine his influence. Most of the fraudulent votes were in favor of the incumbent.

"Essentially it is the same as last time," an election monitor told the Telegraph. "There are reports from the provinces of meetings with elders to organize the fraud."

© 2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
Woman allegedly sets roommate on fire for throwing out pasta Woman allegedly sets roommate on fire for throwing out pasta
4
Brazil, Argentina to strenghten aerospace cooperation; talk Gripen deal Brazil, Argentina to strenghten aerospace cooperation; talk Gripen deal
5
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback