Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

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‘Ample Opportunities’ For Fraud Bedevil Afghan Presidential Election

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RFE/RL, 9 October 2019

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here, among a number of other analysts, is quoted on some seemingly implausible turnout figures that have come up in the Afghan presidential election:

Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the independent Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, says that “everything now depends” on whether the IEC sticks to its original criteria — counting only biometric-verified votes — or “waters down” its conditions.

“The introduction of the biometric system, of course, makes fraud more difficult,” Ruttig adds. “But people might try anyway, hoping they get away with it.”