Complaints of Afghan election fraud continue to increase

Posted Aug 28, 2009 by Andrew Moran
After last Thursday's Afghanistan presidential election, many voters are complaining of electoral fraud. Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission has received more than 2,000 complaints.
Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan
Hamid Karzai
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Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission, which was appointed by the United Nations, have now confirmed that at least 270 of the complaints made are serious enough that it could affect the results of the election, according to Reuters.
2,207 official complaints have been made and 1,740 since election day, and the complaints commission has said, "Received complaints vary. They include allegations of ballot stuffing, poor quality ink, intimidation and accusations against polling staff."
Former Foreign Minister and Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has also claimed of voter fraud and abuse and has stated he would not accept the final results if electoral fraud allegations continue to rise.
AECC said more reports from Thursday are still coming in each day.
Results are still preliminary and the figures show incumbent President Hamid Karzai and Dr. Abdullah are neck-and-neck. Karzai holds 44.8 per cent of the vote and Abdullah has 35.1 per cent. If neither candidate gets to 50 per cent then a run-off would be needed. However, Karzai campaign officials have exuded confidence that the incumbent would easily get to 50 per cent.
The Afghanistan election has been faced with adversity even prior to election day. NATO put 300,000 soldiers to secure the election, the Taliban made death threats to participants of the election and to government officials and Abdullah is claiming that the international community wants him to concede defeat.