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    Recount clouds Karzai poll lead

    BBC NEWS | South Asia | Recount clouds Karzai poll lead

    Latest results from Afghanistan's presidential election show President Hamid Karzai with 54.1% of the vote after 92% of polling stations declared.

    The results push President Karzai past the 50% threshold needed to avoid a run-off with rival Abdullah Abdullah.

    But the figures were thrown into doubt by the UN-backed election complaints commission ordering a number of recounts and audits of votes.

    It warned that it had found "clear and convincing evidence of fraud".

    The 20 August election has been overshadowed by claims against all the main candidates of fraud and ballot-box stuffing.

    A credible election result was seen as a key objective for the West, as it continues its campaign against the Taliban.
    Why is it that when fraud was declared in Iran the West was quick to condemn, yet when the same is declared in Afghanistan against a pro-Western administration, the government is silent?

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    Re: Recount clouds Karzai poll lead

    Well considering that the Taliban threatened to maim anyone who voted, I don't think anyone is going to claim this was a "fair free election".

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    Re: Recount clouds Karzai poll lead

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Well considering that the Taliban threatened to maim anyone who voted, I don't think anyone is going to claim this was a "fair free election".
    The Taliban was not the only problem. There have been many voting stations where the ballot box was stuffed with votes for Karzai before any of the locals even showed-up.

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    Re: Recount clouds Karzai poll lead

    I'm not at all sure the West WAS "quick to condemn" the Iranian election. Took quite a bit to get them to notice, as I recall.
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    Re: Recount clouds Karzai poll lead

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    I'm not at all sure the West WAS "quick to condemn" the Iranian election. Took quite a bit to get them to notice, as I recall.
    Everyone save the President, condemned the Iranian elections. Remember McCain's big grandstand? The President said he wantedto see the facts first, then decried the whole affair. In the case of Afghanistan it is widely known an accepted at this point that the ballot boxes were stuffed far beyond the number of even potential voters and not a peep.

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    Re: Recount clouds Karzai poll lead

    Karzai is an idiot, a chauvinist, a sexist and a malevolent jackass.

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