National Security

August 22, 2009

Observers cautious on calling Afghan election a success

Too much is unknown about the extent of vote-rigging, voter intimidation and low turnout in Thursday's presidential balloting to say now that the election was a fair one, observers and other experts said Saturday. They cautioned that the Obama administration's early declaration that the voting was a success risks endorsing a result that Afghans may not see as legitimate.

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