Polling stations open in Afghanistan - Macleans.ca

Polling stations open in Afghanistan

Taliban have blocked two voting sites, launched four rocket attacks


Afghanistan’s parliamentary election started today just hours after at least four rocket attacks hit Kabul and the eastern city of Jalalabad, though no casualties have been reported. At least 22 people have been killed in election-related violence attributed to the Taliban; on Friday, the head of a voting centre in the south was killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb. The Taliban have also blocked two voting stations in Nangarhar’s Surkh Rud district, according to CBC News. Roughly 2,500 candidates are running for 249 parliamentary seats in just the second parliamentary vote since the Taliban were ousted. President Hamid Karzai has urged citizens to come out and vote today, despite a warning from the Taliban that people should stay home and away from the polls.

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Polling stations open in Afghanistan

  1. This is exactly what Canadians can expect if these 3rd world cultures, especially Muslim, are allowed to grow in Canada through immigration.

    • very true. but will/do the politicians get it?!

  2. The truth is that the Afghan elections have been an entirely Western stage-managed affair from beginning to end. Karzai himself was picked by America and it is the West that has insisted on elections. Yet Karzai is a man who has no political constituency in Afghan society apart from that which he can establish through corruption and patronage. The power of the Afghan government is a polite fiction maintained for the benefit of Western viewers, with the writ of the government hardly extending outside Kabul. Moreover, the reality of Afghan society is such that a liberal democratic election is fairly meaningless,
    Remember this is a run off election because of the massive fraud and ballot stuffing last year. Cosmetic democracies imposed at the end of a gun are unlikely to take root.
    The Afghan population realizes that this attempted occupation is driven by natural resources that the West covet.
    This is a farce on many levels. Bring our troops home now.