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Afghanistan presidential elections: large turnout as voters defy Taliban threats to disrupt poll

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ABC Australia, 7 April 2014

AAN's Thomas Ruttig here with a quote commenting on Afghan election day:

Thomas Ruttig, a veteran Afghan watcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network, says one aspect of election day that is troubling are reports that many voting booths ran out of ballot papers.

"In recent elections have sometimes been the sign that there has been some tampering, which we cannot exclude," he said.

"Maybe also, if there's an unexpected turnout, the problem is that you don't have a voter registry in Afghanistan, where the people are linked to certain polling stations.

"So then people start driving around and looking for a polling station which still has ballot papers and so on."


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