Articles tagged: citizens’ rights

Carry on up the Khyber – Karzai’s lead narrows (like we said it would)

August 25, 2009

“If Karzai’s warlord cronies have over-egged the firnee and their boy romps home with an incredible margin, Iran-style riots are almost inevitable. On the other hand, if he narrowly wins, it will be more difficult for the opposition forces to cry foul. Given that he achieved only 54 per cent in 2004, the ‘ideal’ result for Karzai would be a tight margin of victory but no runoff, so we’ll see how these figures change if and when the penny drops.” (Thus passim) There are more twists in the tale of... More

Afghan elections declared free but not fair by EU fudgepackers

August 23, 2009

While resisting the temptation to say ‘we told you so’ (Thus passim) – it is glaringly evident that, as predicted, the Afghan elections were neither free nor fair. Except that by an extraordinary contortion of logic and semantics, the EU monitors have declared that they were ‘generally fair but not free.’ Well, thanks for putting our minds at ease, General Philippe Morillon. Some of us mistakenly thought that the objective was to hold elections that would give the Afghan people an equal opportunity to democratically determine who should run their... More

Update: Abdullah and Karzai accused of Afghan election fraud

This morning, in a cynical volte face, Abdullah Abdullah, the leading challenger to incumbent, President Karzai, declared that the Afghan election was rigged, having previously declared himself the winner. Earlier speculation that the two candidates identified by a Free and Fair Elections spokesman as responsible for widespread intimidation and ballot-rigging in the Afghan election (Thus passim) were the two front runners has been strengthened by a leaked document to the Afghan Election Complaints Commission from the Ashraf Ghani campaign detailing and citing specific abuses. The document alleges abuses by both... More