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InvisibleAlex213
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Kabul election turnout 36%
    #4707966 - 09/25/05 02:43 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Something felt wrong. My car raced through Kabul, a strained city normally clogged with people, choked with dust and filled with a cacophony of honking car horns and calls to prayer.

But at lunchtime last Sunday - a working day in Afghanistan - we whizzed through deserted streets, past shuttered shops and ghostly bazaars.

Ostensibly, the reason was the elections. For the first time in more than three decades, the country was going to the polls to choose its parliament. To celebrate, the government had declared a national holiday.

It seemed bizarre - Afghanistan was hosting a great party for democracy, yet it looked as though nobody had bothered to turn up. Figures released yesterday confirmed those suspicions.

Turnout was just 36% in the capital and around 53% across the country, the chief electoral officer, Peter Erben, said - a sharp dip on the 70% seen in last year's presidential poll.

Officials are pedalling hard to find comforting explanations. Mr Erben said the drop was normal in comparison with other post-conflict countries - even though, days earlier, he had handed me a factsheet predicting a sharp rise in turnout.

The inclusion of dozens of warlords and militia commanders on the ticket disgusted voters who thought Mr Karzai and his US allies had come to usher the gunmen out of the door, not hand them the keys to the house.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,,1576824,00.html


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Re: Kabul election turnout 36% [Re: Alex213]
    #4710984 - 09/25/05 07:56 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Uh....53% turnout overall is not that low at all.  :confused:


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Re: Kabul election turnout 36% [Re: Tao]
    #4712549 - 09/26/05 02:03 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Way down from last year tho.


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Re: Kabul election turnout 36% [Re: Alex213]
    #4718796 - 09/27/05 09:15 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Your topic was a bit misleading, eh?


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Re: Kabul election turnout 36% [Re: MagicalMystery]
    #4719161 - 09/27/05 11:55 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

In what way?


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