January 4th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Your take: Delay parliamentary elections?

Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan are scheduled for May 22, the country's Independent Election Commission announced this weekend.

Critics say the date does not give the country enough time to implement reform and put checks in place, after the August 2009 presidential elections were marred by violence and allegations of corruption before Hamid Karzai was declared president.

The date announcement comes the same weekend that the Parliament rejected 17 cabinet members proposed by Karzai. The rejection of 17 proposed cabinet members will not stop international community donations or the U.N. mission to Afghanistan, said U.N. spokesman Aleem Siddique at a news conference Monday. He said the United Nations is prepared to help with Afghanistan's upcoming parliamentary elections if asked, he said, adding there had not yet been a request.

What do you think? Do you think Afghanistan should delay the parliamentary elections over fears of possible fraud and violence or should the nation go ahead with the vote?

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  1. Dwight A. Schoffer

    The election there is nothing but a big joke.
    It does not matter who gets elected as nothing will ever change in that part of the world.
    They have been having wars there for hundreds of years, & will continue to do so for hundres of years to come.
    They will never have a democracy as we know it.
    Get all the troups from all countries that have troups there out as soon as it can be done, starting right know.
    If anyone honestly thinks that the U.S. can win this war, that they started, they are sadly mistaken.

    April 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    America propped up and forced the Shah of Iran upon the Iranian people. The CIA tortured the hell out of the Iranian people that protested against a corrupt leader being forced upon them. It was entirely predictable that the people of Iran grew to seriously hate America.

    That was 30 years ago. look at the tremendous blow-back upon Americans and the civilians across the entire Middle East as a result.

    January 5, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry Lawson

    The Iranian Government has to be stopped at all costs. What they are doing to there own citizens is genicide. Mr. Obama you have to do something about this ethnic cleansing going on in Iran. If you dont two years from now you will regret it, because they will potentialy have a Nuclear bomb, and that is the start of World War three. You can try to spin it anyway you like , but it is the reality of whats to come if we don't act swiftly against this rouge Nation, that is killing their own people every day. These people in Iran are screaming for are help, yet we stand by and let them get slautered. Something has to be done emediatly. FOR THE PEOPLE!!!!!

    January 5, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Larry Lawson

    The talliban has to be stopped at all costs. This message is for you President Obama, Stand up and quit being a pussy, We are Americans for GODS sake. You need to grow a backbone before more acts of terrorisom happens right here in are homeland!!!!!

    January 5, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    Why even bother for a sham election where even the parliment is rejecting the President of Afghanistan. The American CIA has had Karzi and his major Opium exporter brother on their payroll for years before selecting them for their governmental positions.

    Just like the Russian KGB installed Afghanistan President, the people know a corrupt leader and reject him when it happens. This install a corrupt leader and prop them up on the guns and lives of American soldiers is a cold war legacy that is over. Didn't we learn this was a huge mistake in the Middle East with the Shah of Iran?

    American troops and Middle Eastern civilians are still paying the price for America propping up the corrupt Shah of Iran and the CIA torturing the hell out of Iranian civilians that protested against a corrupt man being installed as the Iranian leader.

    There is no fear over possible fraud, there is fraud and massive corruption in the Karzi government and that will continue until American and Allied troops leave Afghanistan and the Afghanistan people can freely chose their leaders and parliamentary members without CIA interference.

    January 4, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |