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Showing the finger to the Taliban: Afghan election update…

April 5, 2014

Summary: Initial reports suggest the election is going well.

election, showing the finger to the Taliban

From my exceptionally quick and subjective trawl through of press and Twitter reports (and situations like this seem to be perfect for Twitter coverage) – and at the risk of tempting fate – the election process today seems to be going well – perhaps better than expected and better than 2009.  Some voting stations closed and others seem to have run out of ballot papers because the voting turnout was so high.  The usual problems – fraud, Taliban, low-level violence, administrative problems – are beng reported but, to my reading, not in any large degree.  Turnout apppears high – much popular confidence and much emphasis on how this shows the Taliban are clearly being rejected: expect a blog piece from me soon probably entitled “W(h)ither the Taliban?”.  Perhaps coincidentally, parts of the Taliban website went off-line from yesterday and the English language section is still unavailable.  Taliban tweets seem very out of touch, claiming minor violent successes in handfuls of districts.

No sense yet of who might have won – and the likely sticking points after all the positivity of turnout will probably gravitate towards whether fraud has influenced the result, to what extent, and whether candidates can broadly agree on the result.  It would be great if a candidate was declared winner in this first round (official results due in mid-May), but a second round is still likely, I guess (28 May).

I am genuinely looking to reading the Taliban’s official statement on this day…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2014 2:21 pm

    Thank you for your hopeful posts, Tim. I pray the patriotic young people will take charge and lead the way toward a more peaceful and prosperous land.

    • April 5, 2014 2:30 pm

      Thanks Ron – yes, so many things of course can cause the process to falter, but for the moment lets allow ourselves some cautious optimism.

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