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HAMID KARZAI ACCUSED OF RIGGING ELECTION BETTER THAN OPPONENT
August 23 2009
Kabul, Afghanistan – Though the concept of democracy is millennia old it has only been over the last few hundred years that representation by the people has become a viable and successful part of the human equation. Because of that late adoption by so
many countries the implementation of democracy has been spotty at best. Even in the 20th century which saw the greatest increase in democratic nations, dictatorships took their most threatening and damaging turn, forever altering the face of the planet.
One country that has epitomized the struggle of democracy more than any other nation has arguably been Afghanistan. Long regarded as the no man’s land of government of any kind one of the greatest battle between advanced and archaic civilizations that has ever been waged. Because of that struggle, which has claimed thousands of live on both sides of the political spectrum, difficulties still remain in the fledgling democracy of the wild Persian mountainside. Now a week after the latest round of elections in that embattled country the two main rivals for the country’s Presidency have begun flinging accusations at one another with the loser crying foul.
“Widespread rigging has taken place by the incumbent, through his campaign team, and through the state apparatus. This has to be prevented. That’s critical for the survival of the process and that’s critical as far as the hope for a better life of the Afghan people is concerned,” said Abdullah Abdullah. We will challenge it through legal means, we will exhaust every avenue legally in order to prevent this sort of big rigging. This is stealing a nation's verdict. This election has shown that President Karzai has to share power and has to change the constitution. Things are changing in Afghanistan. The message has been sent that the days when he enjoyed full power and privileges are gone.”
Abdullah has not yet made the specifics of his complaints public but has rather settled on vague comments regarding his lead in various provinces and the usual complaints about police intimidation.
“Throughout the developing world true and honest democratic elections are at risk for a variety of reasons. Corruption is of course a major concern as is limited technology and math abilities but the real difficulty tends to lie in the ability for both parties to mount effective campaigns the way we are used to in the west. Subterfuge and deception always work much better in a sophisticated democracy because of the tools available to both sides,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “Those tools, which have developed over decades of democratic governments, ensure that by and large the type of cheating employed in sophisticated countries is equal and shared by all parties vying for election. It ensures that the level of armament is equivalent so in a lot of ways things are equal, thereby making democracy work.”
Events such as the disputed 2000 U.S. Presidential election between George Bush and Al Gore are seen as exceptions of the type that go towards proving the rule.
“Much like what happened in Iran the gap between the have and the have-nots become glaring in less sophisticated democracies. More advanced electoral processes such as those in the west have a much deeper and much more ingrained kind of fraud that really has little to no effect on the net results which prove that democracy can work,” continued Kinsey. “Such sophistication also prevents drama over the results such as like what happened in Iran earlier this year. Though to be fair that won’t happen here. I mean this is Afghanistan not Iran so wasting much time talking about the election is really just wasted energy.”
Despite their efforts to modernize it is not believed democracy will have a demonstrable effect on Afghan civilization.