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03 September 2009 

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Afghan Elections 2009

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On 20 August Afghans voted for a new president and provincial councilors under tight security in elections considered crucial to defeating an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency.
Officials say scattered violence killed dozens of people across the country in attacks that took place in Kabul, Kandahar and other major cities.  The vote was called a success, although voter turnout was uneven. 

Days after the election initial results show incumbent President Hamid Karzai leading the race. But, Afghan voters will not receive word until September 3, at the earliest, as to who won the presidential election.  Campaigns of both Mr. Karzai and his closest challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, have exchanged accusations of ballot box stuffing. Other presidential candidates have also produced evidence of what they say shows wholesale fraud by officials and campaign workers. 

Follow the results at the Independent Election Commission of Aghanistan's web site.

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More Election News

An Afghan man washes his dishes in front of a poster of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, 29 Aug 2009
NY Times: New Accusation of Ballot Fraud in Afghanistan
Tribal leaders in southern Afghanistan have accused police of shutting down polling sites and stuffing election boxes with thousands of ballots marked for President Karzai
Workers count ballots at the Independent Election Commission in Kabul, Afghanistan, 27 Aug 2009
Experts: Elections Last Chance to Resolve Afghan Conflict  Video clip available
Mounting questions about Afghan elections could undercut credibility 
An Afghan man washes his dishes in front of a poster of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, 29 Aug 2009
Major Fraud Allegations Top 550 in Afghan Election
Latest official results from about one-third of polling stations show incumbent President Hamid Karzai leading with 46 percent of votes
Richard Holbrooke, 18 Apr 2009
US Envoy, Afghan Incumbent President Have Tense Exchange Over Runoff
Private lunch meeting between Hamid Karzai and Richard Holbrooke is reported to have turned testy when Holbrooke raised issue of vote-rigging, fraud
Workers count ballots at the Independent Election Commission in Kabul, Afghanistan, 27 Aug 2009
Quick Declaration in Afghan Presidential Election Unlikely  Audio Clip Available
Election Complaints Commission, partly appointed by UN, has received 1,500 formal complaints - one out of every ten deemed serious enough to merit investigation
Mohammad Qasim Fahim (undated photo)
US Concerned About Alleged Drug Ties of Karzai Running Mate  Audio Clip Available
New York Times newspaper reports that Mohammad Qasim Fahim could face US sanctions if Karzai slate is elected
Election worker counts ballots in Mazar-I-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, 20 Aug 2009
Afghan Election Officials Urge Patience on Ballot Returns  Video clip available
Both top candidates,incumbent President Hamid Karzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, say they have enough votes to win without a runoff, But preliminary results are not expected until early next week
Afghan woman, right, inks her finger to cast vote at polling station in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, 20 August, 2009
Observer Group Describes Afghan Poll as 'Credible'
But International Republican Institute cites irregularities including reports of voter registration cards being sold and problems with indelible ink
President Barack Obama talks about the Afghan elections outside the White House, 21 Aug 2009
Obama:  Afghan Election 'Important Step Forward'
US president congratulates Afghan people on completing their presidential election in the face of violent extremism
Afghan women voters line up to cast their ballots at a polling station in Kabul, 20 Aug 2009
US Hails Courage of Afghan Voters  Audio Clip Available
But US officials say it's too early to assess credibility of the election
Afghan woman, right, inks her finger to cast vote at polling station in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, 20 August, 2009
Afghan Presidential Candidates React to Vote  Video clip available
Millions of Afghans defy threats of violence, retaliation, to cast ballots in presidential and provincial elections
A smiling voter holds his election ID card as he waits to vote in Kabul, 20 Aug 2009
Afghans Brave Violence to Vote for President  Audio Clip Available  Video clip available
This is only the second opportunity Afghans have had to directly elect a president since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 

Military Operation, Security

L-R, US Envoy Richard Holbrooke, French FM Bernard Kouchner, UN's Afghanistan rep. Kai Eide in Paris, 02 Sep 2009
International Envoys Pledge Continued Support for Afghanistan  Audio Clip Available
Envoys from France, US, other countries say Paris meeting a routine assessment of strategy, not called to deal with Afghanistan's controversial elections
US soldier stands guard near site of suicide attack in Mehterlam, 02 Sep 2009
Suicide Bombing Kills Senior Afghan Intelligence Official  Audio Clip Available
Powerful bomb in Laghman province, east of Kabul, kills country's deputy chief of intelligence, 22 others
President Barack Obama (file photo)
US Contemplates Strategy Change; August Deadliest Month in Afghanistan
President Barack Obama will review new US military report on war in Afghanistan this week
Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal (file photo)
Afghanistan Commander's Report Submitted, But Secret  Audio Clip Available
General Stanley McChrystal says Afghan situation serious, but success is achievable and strategic changes must be made
A US Marine pays respects to Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard during a memorial service in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, 27 Aug 2009
US Debate Heats Up on Afghan Troop Levels
Analysts say turning Afghan war legacy around will take time, possibly more US troops
Admiral Michael Mullen
US Military Chief: Afghanistan Situation is 'Serious and Deteriorating'
Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff  Admiral Mike Mullen says US military is focused on preventing another terrorist attack on US soil
ISAF soldiers patroling the outskirts of Feyzabad, northern Afghanistan (file photo)
European Governments Place Restrictions on NATO Forces in Afghanistan
International forces continuing to fight Taliban insurgents in country; but field commanders hindered by certain restrictions
A woman prepares to drop her ballot into the box, 20 August 2009
26 Killed During Afghan Election, Turnout Uncertain
Among dead: civilians, police, Afghan soldiers; partial results expected before Sunday