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Afghans largely left to monitor their own election

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Stars and Stripes, 3 April 2014

In this article covering pre-election violence and western attitudes, AAN's Kate Clark is quoted:

“International powers have said in private to various candidates that if it is a stolen election, there’s a lot of things that won’t get paid for,” said Kate Clark, an analyst with the Afghanistan Analysts Network. “You can’t steal an election and expect financial aid.”

Though foreign observers play an important role in keeping tabs on Afghanistan’s elections, it is Afghan observers who are the most crucial piece of the monitoring regime, Clark said.

“The key people are the locals — there are more of them and they can get out more,” Clark said, referring to areas of the country considered too unsafe for foreigners.

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