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AFP, 6 October 2013

Another article quotes AAN’s recent analysis on the upcoming elections:

Karzai has called for just two or three contestants to remain in the race on polling day to avoid the chaos of the 2009 vote when 40 names appeared on the ballot paper.

Martine van Bijlert, of the Afghan Analysts Network, predicted a repeat of the fraud, low turnout, violence and contested results that have mired previous votes.

“A myopic sense of optimism (exists) that this election will somehow be better than the previous ones. It will not,” she said in a briefing paper.