Voting is More than, Now True Challenges Commence in Afghanistan

Ayesha Tanzeem – Voice of America


Afghan officials are counting votes just after Saturday’s presidential election that was held amid repeated threats by the Taliban and worry of post-election chaos. Greater functionality by electoral and safety authorities notwithstanding, fears stay that disagreements on the outcome may well engulf the nation into a destabilizing fight for energy.

Empty polling stations and empty ballot boxes. These had been the scenes VOA teams discovered in the capital Kabul and quite a few components of the nation Saturday.

Unofficial estimates indicate the voter turnout will be a historic low.

Intense threats from the Taliban, voter dissatisfaction with candidates, and confusion more than no matter whether the twice-delayed elections will be held this time, kept campaigns from gaining steam.

Now that they had been held, offered Afghanistan’s track record, quite a few worry a dispute more than final results that could devolve into a complete-blown crisis.

Some candidates, like former warlord turned politician Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, appear to currently be preparing for such a situation.

“The elections will outcome in elevated violence. No a single will accept the final results other than these who had been involved in widespread fraud. Naturally, it will outcome in a crisis,” he stated.

The course of action of counting votes in Afghanistan is extended. Ballot boxes have to arrive from far off locations with small or no communication lines. The preliminary final results are not anticipated for a couple of weeks. Only then will they get to any complaints.

“The law is really clear. If there is fraud, candidates and their followers can go to the Election Complaints Commission and register their complaints. The commission will make a decision upon them and we are committed to abide by its choice,” stated Habibur Rehman, Secretary of the Election Comission.

The final presidential election was marred by allegations of fraud and the nation became so divided that then-Secretary of State John Kerry had to step in and broker a energy-sharing deal in between the two top candidates. The exact same two, incumbent President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, seemed to be top in this year’s race as nicely.

In spite of the introduction of far more robust systems this time to steer clear of fraud, such as taking finger prints and images of voters, allegations of fraud have currently emerged from particular quarters.

If far more voices join ranks, this could wreak havoc to an currently fragile technique.

Each election and safety authorities insist that they are prepared to deal with any situation. And everybody is hoping for a smooth transition. But Afghanistan has a extended history of post-election chaos.