New reports of fraud in Afghan elections

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Internal reports from Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission provide new evidence of fraud in Afghanistan’s recent parliamentary elections, including ballot stuffing, intimidation, and turnouts exceeding 100% of eligible voters–with one district in Paktika province recording a 626% voter turnout.  The widespread problems, combined with an increase in violence from last year’s presidential elections, has raised further questions about the viability of the country’s shaky democracy (Jonathan S. Landay & Dion Nissenbaum, “Afghan election panel reports new evidence of serious fraud,” McClatchy Newspapers, 21 September 2010).

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