Polling data has Hamid Karzai ‘re-elected’ by landslide

August 24, 2009

(ChattahBox) — According to raw polling station data, Hamid Karzai has been re-elected president in a landslide victory winning 72 per cent of the vote while his closest rival Abdullah Abdullah gaining 23 per cent. The polling results from the hotly contested Afghanistan election marred by allegations of massive fraud, come as officials warn that the final outcome could be affected by investigations into the claimed abuses.  The election’s credibility or lack-there-of  could result in violence along the ethnic and regional lines that divide this fragmented society.  Abdullah has pledged to serve a constructive role in opposition, if defeated at the polls, but will likely leverage the disputed election results to secure an important position in Karzai’s administration. It is expected that a Karzai-led government would quickly reach out to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to advance negotiations with Taliban fighters and Abdullah may be appointed to lead the peace process.

Meanwhile the Taliban who tried and failed to derail the vote have turned to retribution, with released footage (video below) of its goons stopping Afghan citizens to see if they have voted, and abducting those that had.

The video footage, obtained by Al Jazeera and broadcast on Monday, showed Taliban fighters manning an impromptu checkpoint, stopping vehicles and demanding to see people’s fingers. On election day indelible ink was used as an anti-fraud measure to prevent people voting twice. Amid the Taliban threats, election officials estimated overall turnout at 40-50 percent, down from 70 percent in the last presidential election in 2004.


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One Response to “Polling data has Hamid Karzai ‘re-elected’ by landslide”

  1. mdeals on August 25th, 2009 8:09 am

    Congrats … it means you come back with your cruel mind.

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