Friday, September 11, 2009


A partial recount was ordered yesterday for Afghanistan’s discredited presidential elections after observers found “clear and convincing evidence of fraud” at a number of polling stations. The UN backed Independent Electoral Commission did not say how many polling stations would be involved in the recount, but noted that it had identified questionable results in Ghazni, Paktika and Kandahar provinces and said investigations were continuing. Recounts would be conducted at polling stations recording 100% turnout or votes for any presidential candidate of more than 95%, it said. Widespread allegations of ballot-box stuffing and suspicious tallies are threatening the legitimacy of the 20th August vote. More than that, I would suggest that if over 200 brave British soldiers have died for a disgusting electoral fiddle to put Karzai back in office, our politicians should be held to account and we should withdraw our lads out of Afghanistan right NOW.