Afghanistan votes despite threats of Taliban violence
Afghan officials declared Saturday’s parliamentary election a success despite widespread reports of fraud, worryingly low voter turnout and attacks across the country that killed at least 17 people after the Taliban vowed to disrupt the poll.
The bodies of three election officials kidnapped during voting were found in northern Balkh Province yesterday, the Independent Election Commission chairman said.
Election officials pored over votes yesterday, but there will be a long wait before even preliminary results are declared.
The election was being closely watched in Washington ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s planned war strategy review in December. A flawed vote would weigh on Obama when his administration faces mid-term Congressional elections in November amid sagging public support for the war.