Never Ending Elections

For those wondering what is actually happening during the counting process, the Economist has an interesting post on the current counting process.  Certainly does not sound like there is much of an end in sight:

“THREE airless aluminium warehouses, shaped like giant armadillos, sit hunched on the outskirts of Kabul. Inside hundreds of volunteers and international election observers have been bustling around in stifling heat, arguing over the shape of tick-marks on individual ballots. During Ramadan the lack of food and drink made the stale atmosphere inside the godowns all the more draining.

The Ramadan fast has since broken, but the counting goes on. Until it has finished, the presidential election that was supposed to replace Hamid Karzai hangs in suspension.

After a surprising reversal of fortunes suddenly favoured Ashraf Ghani in the second round of the presidential elections, his opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, cried foul. Alleging fraud, several of his powerful supporters threatened to establish a breakaway government.

It took an emergency agreement…Continue reading here.

One thought on “Never Ending Elections

  1. Legitimacy doesn’t just depend on free and fair elections … it depends also on a expeditious and timely result.

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