The title of a recently released Reuters article is “ACCUSATIONS of ELECTION FRAUD gather pace in Afghanistan” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/22/us-afghanistan-protests-idUSKBN0EX0D320140622).
“The party of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah broadcast audio on Sunday (June 22, 2014) that it said showed mass fraud had been committed in an election that aims to transfer power democratically in the country for the first time”.
“The audio purports to show that INDEPENDENT (?) Election Commission (IEC) Secretariat head Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil made phone calls to officials in several provinces ordering them to stuff ballot boxes using code words”. The ” INDEPENDENT Election Commission, of course, is NOT “independent”. There are NO TRUE “independents” in the world anymore. In other words, all of us have our own BIASES.
“While Amarkhil denies the allegations and the Independent Election Complaints Commission is investigating, the broadcast could STOKE FURTHER PROTESTS across the country supporting Abdullah’s decision to withdraw from the vote”. So, there are “protests” in AFGHANISTAN once again.
“The election comes at a delicate time as most foreign troops will exit by the end of the year (2014), leaving behind a STILL STRONG Taliban insurgency and DEEPENING ECONOMIC CRISIS“. Here’s the conundrum that Afghanistan is facing right now. They DON’T like the Taliban who have been wreaking havoc since 2001, BUT they DON’T completely trust foreign coalition troops either. On top of the POLITICAL “crisis” is an “ECONOMIC crisis”. When people are HUNGRY,it is IMPOSSIBLE for a country to be POLITICALLY stable for very long.
“Abdullah, former leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, last week recalled his observers monitoring the ongoing count and said the outcome of the run-off with former finance minister Ashraf Ghani on June 14 (2014) would be illegal”.
According to Abdullah’s campaign manager Baryalai Arsalai, “Today (June 22, 2014) we are releasing documents which show Amarkhil has organized CHEATING and FAVORED one candidate (Ghani). In the coming days, we will release more documents to the public“.
“In one example, the voice instructs the person on the other end of the line to “STUFF the sheep properly“. The word “sheep” is interpreted by Abdullah’s staff as code for “ballot box“.
“The authenticity of the audio was denied by Amarkhil, who told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday (June 22 2014) that he did not recall the conversations and “would NEVER talk like that“. Reuters was not able to reach him for comment”.
According to Tahir Zahir, a spokesman for Ghani, “It is VERY EASY to duplicate someone’s voice, but a body with AUTHORITY and the election complaints commission should investigate its authenticity“. This reminds us of CANDACE SCHAEFFER‘s presentation on LITERATURE REVIEWS when she says the purpose of the literature review is to find out who’s talking the LOUDEST and with THE MOST “authority” (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5ESD58XUGk).
“In western Herat province, hundreds of Abdullah supporters gathered and chanted “death to IEC” and “Fraudsters must be tried”.
“Protesters made their way to the Herat governor’s office and around 60 BURNT their voting cards IN PROTEST“.
According to Abdul Rahman, “a protester who burnt his voting ID in Herat”, “We are TIRED OF fraud and we are against it” obviously. “We had the right to cast one vote and when the Independent Election Commission (IEC) DOES NOT RESPECT our right, then there is no need to have a voting card. We will not participate in elections any more.”
Finally, “In northern Kunduz province, armed men from Abdullah’s campaign FORCIBLY shut down the election office, Amir Amza Ahmadzai, head of IEC in Kunduz, told Reuters“. This is the latest example of the FORCE & PAIN TECHNIQUE (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “We have already sent an official letter to the police, but they HAVEN’T responded yet” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
To conclude, there is MASSIVE fraud in Afghanistan,just like in any UNDEMOCRATIC country/society.