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  Taliban Violence, Warlords' Militias Imperil Afghan Vote - Global Policy Forum - UN Security Council
Throughout the country election workers are risking death, while trying to overcome the fear and indifference of average Afghans.
Afghan officials hope as many as 20,000 troops and 30,000 policemen will be patrolling by election day, although international officials call that optimistic.
Murphy, the U.N. elections chief in south Afghanistan, says he prefers not to have his work associated with coalition forces because it could reinforce the Taliban propaganda claim that the election is designed to benefit the U.S., not Afghans.
www.globalpolicy.org /security/issues/afghan/2004/0713imperilvote.htm   (2344 words)

 USATODAY.com - Karzai declared winner of Afghan presidential election   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The election itself was delayed from June because of insecurity and logistical problems.
Thirteen election workers died in bombings and shootings in the run-up to the ballot.
Tens of thousands of foreign and Afghan security forces were deployed on polling day, and helicopters and donkeys were used to bring ballot boxes from remote mountain villages for counting by election workers.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-11-03-karzai-election_x.htm   (871 words)

 CBC News Indepth: Afghanistan
Because of lengthy vote-counting procedures and the possibility of a second ballot, the winner of the election may not be determined until November 2004.
Elections for the Afghan parliament, originally to take place at the same time as the presidential vote, will take place in April or May 2005.
On Sept. 16, 2004, a rocket was fired at a U.S. military helicopter carrying Hamid Karzai as it approached an airbase in Gardez in eastern Afghanistan.
www.cbc.ca /news/background/afghanistan/afghanelection.html   (943 words)

 The Afghan Women's Mission - Articles/Essays
This election process was imposed by the United States to solve “Afghan problems” as defined by the United States.
Holding elections without the rule of law can undermine democracy by sparking violence, sowing cynicism, and allowing undemocratic forces to become entrenched.” Elections are merely “the end product of a successful democracy.” Regardless of who wins the elections and by what means, civil society in Afghanistan is at the moment anything but democratic.
In reality the Afghan presidential elections will be a test not of “Afghan democracy,” but of the Bush administration’s ability to impose its political order on a country.
www.afghanwomensmission.org /news/index.php?articleID=23   (2793 words)

 CNN.com - Candidates want new Afghan presidential election - Oct 9, 2004
Millions of Afghans -- including veiled women -- braved threats of Taliban violence to cram polling stations throughout the ethnically diverse nation and by the time polling stations closed Saturday there were only a few reports of violence.
In a press conference from the presidential palace, Karzai called on all candidates to respect the wishes of the Afghan people, who endured bad weather and long lines to vote democratically for the first time in their lives.
The Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB), which includes members of United Nations and the Afghan Elections Commission, went into crisis talks with the candidates and promised to address their concerns, but it was unclear whether the vote would stand as legitimate amid the controversy.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/asiapcf/10/09/afghanistan.elections   (1008 words)

 Online NewsHour: Afghan Warlords May Try to Hijack Elections, Watchdog Group Says -- September 28, 2004
Afghan President Hamid Karzai discusses efforts to hold elections this September and the need for more peacekeepers to stabilize the war-torn nation.
He's the only presidential candidate who is being safeguarded by the U.S. Marines, and other people do not have even the means to fly to different parts of the country to campaign, but other people are brought...
And I think this election, he's already been a legitimate interim president… He's been a transitional president, and he's going to be legitimately elected by a majority of the Afghan people, the next president of Afghanistan.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/asia/july-dec04/afghan_9-28.html   (2151 words)

 Afghanistan presidential election, 2004 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An election to the office of President of Afghanistan was held on October 9, 2004.
After accusations of fraud circulated on the day of the election, at least fifteen candidates declared that they were boycotting the ballot, but the boycott dissolved when the United Nations announced it would set up a three-person independent panel to investigate the charges of irregularities.
On election day there were widespread claims that the ink used to mark voters could be easily removed and that multiple voting had resulted, as well as isolated reports of intimidation and campaigning at the polling centres.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Afghan_presidential_election,_2004   (1400 words)

 Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
Election boards across the state, already understaffed and backlogged with registration forms, were unable to process them all in time.
On Election Day, Noe sent a team of Republican volunteers to the county warehouse where blank ballots were kept out in the open, "with no security measures in place." [111] The state's assistant director of elections, who just happened to be observing the ballot distribution, demanded they leave.
Under state law, county boards of election were required to randomly select three percent of their precincts and recount the ballots both by hand and by machine.
www.truthout.org /docs_2006/060106R.shtml   (12902 words)

 (10/3/2004) Very Few International Observers Will Monitor Afghan Election   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
We've got parliamentary elections that are scheduled for next year as well as provincial and district council elections that take place.
Kippen said the election monitoring could benefit from the work of some 50,000 Afghans who have applied for accreditation as agents for the 18 different presidential candidates.
But there are concerns among both Afghans and international experts that the presence of untrained candidate agents at polling stations could intimidate voters -- particularly in regions where warlords and their private militias hold sway.
www.monitor.net:16080 /monitor/0410a/afghanelectionmonitors.html   (1067 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Election officials: Karzai clear winner in Afghan presidential vote, ...
KABUL, Afghanistan – Counting in Afghanistan's presidential election concluded Tuesday, with U.S.-backed interim leader Hamid Karzai the clear winner even though some ballot boxes were "obviously stuffed," election officials said.
Election officials have said they will not announce the official results of the Oct. 9 vote until investigations into irregularities alleged by Karzai's main rivals have been concluded.
Election managers say they will reserve overall judgment on whether the election was "free and fair" until they issue their final report.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20041026-0743-afghan-election.html   (698 words)

 Afghan Election 'Remarkable Event,' Ambassador Says : ArriveNet Editorials : Government   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Department of Defense (ArriveNet Editorials - Oct 15, 2004) -- The Afghan presidential election held Oct. 9 was "a remarkable event," U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said at the Pentagon today.
The ambassador said the election was only possible due to the fine work of the men and women of the armed forces.
The ambassador said Afghans are grateful to coalition forces for the chance they have been given.
editorials.arrivenet.com /government/article.php/2469.html   (717 words)

 Afghan presidential Election 2004-2 A Polling Station for Refugees
Around 1600 Afghans in this community were involved in the mobilisation campaign and the management of 160 polling stations in Khorasan Province for this landmark election.
But, as this is the really first ever election for Afghans and we should avoid confusion, UN election body does not declare the winner until all votes are counted...
Afghan Passport with a period of stay in Iran, 5.
www.davidbowie.com /users/tomosk/afgelection2004-2en.htm   (1125 words)

 Human Rights Watch - Afghan Election Blog, September 2005
On September 18, 2005, Afghanistan held elections to choose a national assembly and local councils for the country’s 34 provinces.
The September 18 elections are the second time since 2001 Afghans have been able to go to the polls to select leaders.
Afghanistan on the Eve of Parliamentary and Provincial Elections
www.hrw.org /campaigns/afghanistan   (367 words)

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But the danger that violence could mar a contest supposed to cement the country's recovery since the ouster of the ruling Taliban militia in 2001 was underlined by fresh battles with militants in the south that killed at least seven people.
A dozen election workers have been killed in shootings and bombings during voter registration, and the capital is on edge after the car bombing, which killed at least seven people.
On Tuesday, officials said one Afghan soldier and six rebels were killed in the latest clashes with U.S. and government troops in Zabul province.
www.ksdk.com /printfullstory.aspx?storyid=66468   (608 words)

 CNN.com - Probe launched into Afghan poll - Oct 11, 2004
It is the first election since a U.S.-backed coalition ousted the hardline Taliban regime in 2002.
Ray Kennedy, vice chair of the election board, said accounting for the ballot boxes -- some hauled by donkey from remote polling stations -- must be completed before ballots are removed and votes counted.
In Washington U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice praised the elections and the Afghan people, telling reporters Sunday the irregularities were minor and the nation's election law would take care of the problems.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/asiapcf/10/11/afghanistan.elections/index.html   (641 words)

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A top election official said about three-quarters of the 10.5 milion Afghans who registered for the election turned out to vote -- despite threats of violence.
Election staff were supposed to mark voters' left thumbs with indelible ink, but some apparently used pens meant for marking the ballots or ink meant for stamping them instead.
Still, the election was a clear triumph for the massive security operation mounted to protect it from militant attack.
www.ksdk.com /printfullstory.aspx?storyid=68232   (718 words)

 Afghan Election Disputed (washingtonpost.com)
The contretemps threatened to ruin the credibility of a historic election that has cost foreign donors almost $200 million, seen more than 10 million Afghans register to vote and been viewed as a milestone in the country's transformation into a stable, modernizing country after 25 years of war and turmoil.
The national election commission, composed of members from Afghanistan and the United Nations, said Saturday afternoon that it would allow the election to proceed despite the candidates' protests but that it would investigate complaints of irregularities.
The controversy came as a shock to Afghan and international election officials, who had warned of possible attacks at the polls by Taliban guerrillas and other anti-democratic forces, but who never expected the candidates to cast doubt on the process.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A20091-2004Oct9.html   (863 words)

 Candidates in Afghan Election Accuse US of Meddling
Mohaqiq, who is running in the Oct. 9 election, is one of several candidates who maintain that the U.S. ambassador and his aides are pushing behind the scenes to ensure a convincing victory by the pro-American incumbent, President Hamid Karzai.
"U.S. Embassy officials regularly keep in touch with all presidential candidates, and we listen to their ideas and proposals," he said in an e-mailed response from New York, where he was attending the opening of the U.N. General Assembly.
The latest allegations are perhaps more serious because the Bush administration is portraying Afghanistan's presidential election as a democratic victory for the country's people, who had suffered under more than two decades of war and rule by warlords.
www.prisonplanet.com /articles/september2004/240904afghanelection.htm   (1349 words)

 Islamabad played useful role, says Khalilzad: Afghan presidential election -DAWN - Top Stories; 16 October, 2004
Mr Khalilzad described last Saturday's presidential election as "a remarkable event" that allowed millions of Afghans to vote "in an orderly and in a massive fashion".
The Afghan people, said Mr Khalilzad, were aware of the threats from Al Qaeda and the Taliban but had "prepared themselves (even) to die" to exercise their right to vote.
"Afghanistan is clearly today the front line of freedom, and the Afghans took advantage of the opportunity that was provided to them by the coalition to move towards building a democratic society," declared the American ambassador who is a US citizen of Afghan origin.
www.dawn.com /2004/10/16/top8.htm   (560 words)

 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Official Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Kabul and Islamabad, Dec. 16, 2004 – The Tripartite Commission, composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States, held its ninth meeting in Kabul today.
The parties highlighted specific examples of improved cooperation, including during the Afghan presidential election, as well as marked enhancements in the communications among commanders at all levels.
The Afghan delegation briefed on deployments and operations conducted to date by the Afghan National Army (ANA).
www.afghanistan-mfa.net /pressrelease/PRKBDecember162004.html   (360 words)

 Road to Democracy: Afghan Elections
In the southern Afghani city of Kandahar, a woman displays her voter registration card as she waits to cast her ballot at a polling station for women, and a long line of voters stretches around the corner from a polling station for men.
For the people of Afghanistan, the election was a dramatic milestone on the long, often hard road to freedom and democratic government.
Individual freedom, rule of law, human rights, representative government, legitimate elections, civil society: these principles have been embodied in the great democratic movement that historians may well mark as the most significant phenomenon of the past generation — and as Afghanistan demonstrates, for the next generation as well.
usinfo.state.gov /products/pubs/afgelect/index.htm   (475 words)

 Afghan election ends without feared violence
Fifteen of 18 presidential candidates demanded at midday that the election be called off, alleging widespread fraud.
They complained that many people voted more than once after their thumbs were marked with ink that could be easily removed instead of an indelible type meant to limit them to one ballot.
The widespread violence that had been feared on Election Day never materialized, although a few dozen people were reported dead, including at least 25 Taliban rebels and three Afghan policemen who were transporting ballots.
cbc.ca /story/world/national/2004/10/09/afghanistan_election041010.html   (1294 words)

 CNN.com - Karzai leads amid fraud claims - Oct 18, 2004
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to hold a strong lead in the nation's landmark elections amid accusations of voter fraud from a key rival.
Five people -- including at least one election worker -- were killed by an explosion as they drove near the Pakistan border Monday.
But Afghans are impatient for him to deliver on pledges to rebuild their impoverished country.
edition.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/asiapcf/10/18/afghan.elections/index.html   (573 words)

 'Army to keep peace in border areas': Afghan presidential election -DAWN - National; 25 September, 2004
Speaking at a press conference at his residence on Friday, he said that Pakistan had deployed the army to beef up security in the border areas and ensure peaceful Afghan presidential election on Oct 9.
Replying to a question about the repatriation of Afghan refugees, the Safron minister said that Pakistan wanted the return of all refugees with honour and dignity.
Other signatories would be the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Afghan government, he said, adding that Pakistan wanted that all Afghan refugees should return home by 2006.
www.dawn.com /2004/09/25/nat22.htm   (387 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Karzai declared official winner of Afghan presidential election
It was the first national ballot since the fall of the Taliban three years ago.
High turnout and the lack of major violence on polling day "demonstrates the scale of the transformation that has already taken place in Afghanistan in the three years since the overthrow of the Taliban," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said.
Karzai, who will be inaugurated in early November, has vowed to accelerate the slow rebuilding of a country shattered by war and drought with the goal of doubling the income of ordinary Afghans by 2009.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20041103-1929-afghan-election.html   (793 words)

 AWN in Registering Women Voters for the September 2004 Election in Afghanistan | Afghan Women's Network (Afghanistan)
AWN in Registering Women Voters for the September 2004 Election in Afghanistan
The AWN’s latest, and bold; campaign is to register women voters for the Presidential and Parliament election expected to be held in September 2004.
The UN's goal is to register 10 million Afghans, out of the population of 27 million, but in a March 29 press release the AWN said that the process has slowed because women in particular face several obstacles.
www.afghanwomensnetwork.org /index.php?q=node/103   (187 words)

 The Command Post - 2004 US Presidential Election - Flash: Afghan Army In Najaf! (??)
The Afghan national army is a part of the army.
at September 24, 2004 09:25 AM Funny, Max: Here in the States TB is widely believed to be an orator of exemplary quality.
at September 24, 2004 03:58 PM Ya know… The president might mangle a word or two, and become confused occasionally, but we all make mistakes.
www.command-post.org /2004/2_archives/015492.html   (992 words)

 Afghan presidential Election 2004-1 Preparation
On 9th September, we met two guests from IOM at the regular coordination meeting for UN organisations and NGOs at UNHCR Mashhad Sub-office.
They said finally came for the preparation for the preparation and implementation of the voting in the combing presidential election by Afghan refugees here in Mashhad just 2 days ago.
As the very first step, they said, "We must hire 5 senior staff (they should be Afghan community leaders and can speak English and have PC skills).
www.davidbowie.com /users/tomosk/afgelection2004-1en.htm   (793 words)

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