Afghan Election Violence: Three Election Workers, 21 Voters Killed
September 20, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)— The Taliban pledged to disrupt the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan held over the weekend. The insurgent group succeeded in waging a campaign of violence against poll workers and voters, but the elections went on as planned, despite reports of voting fraud. In a grim discovery on Sunday, three poll workers, kidnapped by Taliban fighters on Saturday, were found dead. They had all been shot with Kalashnikov rifles.
The Washington Post reports the poll workers were taken while they were delivering ballots to a remote polling place.
“The election workers were abducted Saturday morning as they were taking ballots to a polling station in the northern province of Balkh, provincial spokesman Munit Ahmar said.”
‘”They were ambushed by the Taliban,” he said. “They were all shot with Kalashnikovs.”‘
Polling violence and fraud was reported in a large number of provinces.
“Afghan election commission chairman Fazal Ahmad Manawi said Sunday that election day had been more violent than initially reported. At least 21 voters were killed and 46 were wounded in attacks around the country, Manawi said. There were 93 attacks on polling centers, he added.”
The final results of the parliamentary elections won’t be made available until October 30, after all complaints of fraud and other improprieties are ruled upon.