Threats increase against candidates
September 1st, 2010
10:17 AM ET

Threats increase against candidates

Afghanistan's election commission says violence against candidates and their supporters for September's parliamentary polls is increasing.

Three candidates and 13 candidate supporters have been killed and 15 people from various candidate campaign teams have been injured.

"Regretfully, we are being informed on daily basis that security threats have increased," Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said in a news release. "The commission strongly condemns these cowardly acts, and has prayed for their departed souls."

On September 18, 249 seats in the Wolesi Jirga, or House of the People, are at stake.

The IEC said it expects from all security forces to take the proper action against people who assault candidates.

The agency said it "considers the elections as the means to transfer leadership in a peaceful manner for the political future of the people" and it "is constantly urging the insurgents and anti-government elements to stop the war, and pursue their ambitions through the will and support of the people in the elections."

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  1. judgeless

    I think America should pull out of all countries stockpile all the money that we save, close the borders to any new people cause we are full and let the rest of the world see what happens. We can't even keep our own streets safe right now, we need to focus on our home before we can even preach what we have going on is the way to do it. The proof is in the product and right now our product sucks. I mean look at China when was the last time they sent aid to anyone or been to war outside thier own country. All this is happening at thier back door let them deal with it when it spills into thier country. I believe any type of organized religon turns people into a herd of cows listening and living thier lives by someone elses translation of a book written to control caos within one soul. The word of God is writin on our heart READ IT.

    September 6, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. doofus


    September 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bangash

    Ramzan Bashardost had secured third position in last Afghan elections. He was the only candidate who had toured whole Afghanistan in his election campaign which non other including Karzai could dare. He is from Hazara tribe and a persian speaker in northern Afghanistan with poor financial background but despite this he was roaming without any security cover in mostly Taliban controlled areas. He had no vehicle of his own to run his campaign and reportedly in one of the province Taliban had provided him with the vehcle to run his campaign on the instructions of Mullah Umar. Now you all should ask your friends in Afghanistan about this poor man that why is safe and live in a tent at Kabul?

    September 4, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Konjit

    This are the same people keep arguing about women at ikonjit...

    September 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SynFul

    filthy cow... ROFLMAO... wow... you must be what?? 5?

    September 2, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joseph McCarthy

    Braveheart,can you cut the Tea Party lingo?Please do.

    September 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      And you can cut out using my name.

      September 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Braveheart

    I say NUKE the whole place and steal their mineral wealth, since they (Afgans) really don't give a shiite!

    September 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel-2

    Here's just more of that right-wing bla-bla-bla about how we're "bringing democracy" to Afghanistan.How old it gets!!!

    September 1, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Now I expect that Phunnie boy's about to usurp my ID and make another sick joke out this obnoxious war in order to get his laugh out of life.If not me,then it will be somebody else.

      September 1, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Don't feel bad,Daniel.He does this to me all the time!!!

        September 1, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • dindy Sri lanka


        September 1, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Sarg

        He'll do that to me sooner or later as he has already done before.

        September 1, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        He keeps doing it to me too. I don't know who i am anymore.

        September 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • CH101

      Right wing propaganda?? Haha I guess people who don't want democracy would plaster their faces all over a billboard for anyone wanting to kill them for it to see would they? You clearly know what these people want so why dont you call up the president and tell him how to win this war. I'd love to come home. Does everyone in this country want the same thing?? Hell no. but since when did everyone in ANY country want the same thing. It's propaganda to you because you WANT it to be. You refuse to see all sides of a story. Maybe Iraq needed to be over but Afghanistan needs to be fixed. Sure there ARE some that are happy living under the TB, but not all are and those people don't deserve to be KILLED and BEHEADED for wanting a less violent government. I dont claim to know everything but I also don't make claims about things I know nothing about.

      September 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        What we need to do is not to "win" this obnoxious war but to get both the Karzai government and the Taliban to the negotiating table.We allso need to just forget about our hidden agenda over there too, and leave Afghanisan's resources to the Afghans themselves.

        September 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |