The European Union has uncovered worrying instances of fraud carried out in the Afghanistan Elections which were held on September 18. The elections
were the first of their kind for the nation and votes are still being tallied with a result expected within a month. A statement released by the EU
reported instances of proxy voting, ballot stuffing and intimidation. Although the incidents were worrying it does not appear to be widespread
throughout the country.
There were worrying cases of fraud in Afghanistan's landmark legislative elections this month, a European Union observation mission says.
It called the cases "worrying", and while saying that they did not appear to have occurred on a nationwide scale, stressed the need for the UN-Afghan
election administration to handle them "in a transparent and effective way which would ensure the integrity of the electoral process".
Counting of votes for a national assembly and provincial councils has been taking place at 32 centres around the country and organisers have said they
aim to complete the process in early October.
A member of the EU mission, who did not want to be identified, said organisers should not feel obliged to rush the count if this meant questionable
ballots were not dealt with properly.
In an initial report a day after the vote, the head of an EU observer mission, Emma Bonino, said the polls were generally well administered and
peaceful and marked "a significant step forward for Afghanistan's democratic development".
But she pointed to pre-poll shortcomings, including numerous reports of intimidation and the killing of several candidates and election workers, and
said the electoral system itself should be reconsidered.
In its own election-day report on the $US159 million polls, the UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body noted that "a full spectrum of
irregularities seen in post-conflict environments was certainly present" during the vote.
These included fraudulent voter registration cards, double voting, proxy voting, misapplied procedures, intimidation and disruptions by agents.
Official results are expected by October 22, once the complaints process is completed
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It is sad that this has been reported so early in the vote count. The election will not stand on their own merit of fairness and jutice now and
whatevr the final result will be, is marred by this report.