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Votes sell for about $5 in Afghanistan as presidential race begins

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Reuters, 14 October 2013

In a report about illegal voter card selling and feared election fraud, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted with (the very shortened version of) how Afghan security forces played a role in ballot stuffing in the 2010 parliamentary election:

“The threat of the insurgents, who oppose the election, was used at the last poll in 2009 to perpetuate widespread rigging, observers said.

Thomas Ruttig, the co-founder of the Afghan Analysts Network, described how a group of men claiming to be Taliban fighters stormed a polling booth in an eastern province when the vote was on. ‘Everyone fled. The ballot boxes were empty beforehand, and full afterwards,’ he said.”


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