Academic Commons

Essays

Afghanistan: How Much Election Fraud Is Okay?

Mitchell, Lincoln A.

As allegations of election fraud, intimidation, violence and ballot stuffing in the recent Afghan elections increase it seems as if the election in Afghanistan is in that gray area where there was a fair amount of fraud, but it is not yet clear whether there was enough for it to have changed the outcome of the election. This puts the U.S. and other international actors in a complicated position. It is not uncommon in elections in semi-democratic, semi-authoritarian, post-conflict, or as in Afghanistan, mid-conflict countries for some amount of mid-level election fraud and misuse of resources to be discounted by international actors because “the voice of the people was heard”, or to phrase it less delicately “the guy who would’ve won (usually the incumbent), won anyway.”

Geographic Areas

Files

  • thumnail for Afghanistan_How_Much_Election_Fraud.pdf Afghanistan_How_Much_Election_Fraud.pdf application/pdf 13.8 KB Download File

More About This Work

Academic Units
Harriman Institute
Published Here
September 29, 2011
Academic Commons provides global access to research and scholarship produced at Columbia University, Barnard College, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary. Academic Commons is managed by the Columbia University Libraries.