September 18th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Under a cloud of violence and fraud, Afghans vote

Afghans voted in the fourth post-Taliban-era national election Saturday, though it was not without the violence promised by militants or myriad procedural challenges. With the polls officially closed, the vote count will begin Sunday, though it is not expected to be completed until the end of October.

Voters trickled into polls under a dark cloud of Taliban threats to disrupt the parliamentary election and the legacy of fraud that undermined the credibility of the last election, held just over a year ago.

A predawn earthquake shook the Afghan capital Saturday, but did not significantly impact the election.

Early voting appeared to be light - at 32 percent, according to the Independent Election Commission. But deputy spokesman Tabish Forugh said turnout could end up being much higher.

With the polls officially closed, the vote count will begin Sunday, though it is not expected to be completed until the end of October.

More than 2,500 candidates were competing for 249 seats in Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. disaster for humanity

    yes, la. Go away

    September 21, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. MooHamMadVSMooHamMad

    Cow dung vs Cow dung. Priceless.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. cow mamas dung

    I am alive! Thank you

    September 19, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • disaster for humanity

      Oh sht. Here we go again

      September 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • god in trintarian

        "Oh sht"... LOL

        September 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Riza Afghan

    Heil Afghanistan 🙂

    F00K the haters.
    Thanks NATO and USA for rebuilding Afghanistan.

    September 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KIL-BOT

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    KIL-BOT approves of the nonsense on this thread. Who really cares about what is going on in afganipand anyway?
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    September 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • pot head man god

      I care

      September 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • disaster for humanity

      Me too!

      September 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • god in trintarian

        sucker

        September 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Smith in Oregon

    Osama bin Ladin was on the CIA payroll and the Pakistani ISI payroll working for both of those agency's during 'Charlie Wilson's covert War' out of Pakistan against the Soviet Army in Afghanistan. If it were not a covert war against the Soviet Union, Osama bin Ladin's success and campaign's against the Soviet Army, the American people would have widelyl heralded him as a outstanding war hero. Lt. Gen. McChrystal's lackluster success pales in comparison but wing-nut's paint McChrystal's failed shake and bake Afghanistan strategy as a 'hero'.

    During the latter part of President Clinton's second term in office, two US embassies were bombed in Africa. Osama bin Ladin was blamed as being one of the financier's behind that operation. President Clinton called for a major undertaking to kill Osama bin Ladin using multiple cruise missiles, unfortunately French secret service agents in Osama's training camps with Osama bin Ladin were alerted to the launch by the US State Dept. and immediately informed Osama bin Ladin who immediately fled with a tiny handful of associates, leaving the enlisted fighters and their instructors behind.

    I seriously question the linkage of affirming Osama bin Ladin financed the US Embassy attacks in Africa and then immediately calling for a huge multiple cruise missile attack on him and the Taliban training camps which were largely built also by American taxpayer dollars. Tracing money funding to Africa is difficult at best, Osama and other's traditionally use the Hawala money system which is nearly impossible to track and trace. I just do not buy the explanation.

    A Saudi citizen in Pakistan who is definitely linked via wire-transfers of large amounts of money to the 9/11 hijackers in Florida which resulted in the murder of well over 3,000 Americans. That person is likely living fat in a Pakistani ISI safe-house at this time and IS SIMPLY listed by the FBI as 'a person of interest'.

    The 'story' that alleges Osama bin Ladin 'financed' the US Embassy bombings therefore an immediate huge multiple cruise missile attack is called upon by the US President, IS TOTAL BS.

    More likely Osama bin Ladin as a Victor in the overthrow of the handpicked KGB Afghanistan leader, told his American handlers in the CIA and US State Dept. that he (Osama) was going to be part of the rulership government in Afghanistan. Osama also likely told the CIA that he (Osama) was going to eradicate the Poppy fields across Afghanistan thereby destroying a major cash flow to the CIA and it's shadow web of private contractors operating in Afghanistan.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • 121

      "Osama bin Ladin was on the CIA payroll and the Pakistani ISI payroll "

      absurd and rediculous

      September 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robrob

      "during 'Charlie Wilson's covert War' " You know, before you spout off crazy talk you might want to actually read the book, "Charlie WIlson's War."

      September 19, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • nina1fox

      You might just as well add the Saudis as they donated up to $25 milliion a month to Bin Laden.

      September 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. god in trintarian

    Is too

    September 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pot head man god

    Whatever, just don't run over Gentile (ignorant) in subordination's sand castle thing

    September 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gentile (ignorant) in subordination

    Don't hit my sand castle

    September 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • disaster for humanity

      What?

      September 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • god in trintarian

        He said don't hit his sand castle...are you hindu (deaf)

        September 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • disaster for humanity

        Bite me

        September 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pot head man god

    Just put it in reverse and back out slowly

    September 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel-2

    Serves you right for voting.

    September 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |