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Fraud allegations a pretext to kidnap election institutions: Naderi

By Ghanizada - Fri Sep 05 2014, 1:45 pm

Farkhunda Zahra NaderiThe controversial presidential election put Afghanistan on the brink of a civil war as the country is going through a sensitive period of political and security transition.

Massive fraud allegations specifically in the runoff presidential election and suggestion of a parallel government further deepened the political crisis in Afghanistan with the conservative political leaders preferring the use of blood color instead of finger color for a peaceful and democratic political transition.

Afghan politician and Member of Parliament, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, strongly criticized the pretext of fraud allegations as a tool to take the electoral institutions hostage.

Speaking during a NATO side event conference in London hosted by Royal United Service Institute (RUSI), Miss Naderi said the commitment and sacrifices of the Afghan people were compromised despite they defied the threats and went in millions to vote for change.

Other speakers at this conference were high level officials including the British Secretary of Defense Michael Fallon, British Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Sir Nichaolas Houghton, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Sir Adrian Bradshaw, Romanian foreign minister Titus Corlatean, Rory Stewart OBE MP, Chair, House of Commons Defence Select Committee and officials from United Kingdom’s House of Common and House of Law.

“Before the election taking place, we were campaigning and lobbying in different parts to say that we need in 2014 the election of Afghanistan. We came to the point that people inside and I am sure that people outside the country thought that there is not going to be an election because the politicians wanted to divide the power among themselves by always going to the international community to show the sensitivity part of security and saying this is impossible to have election because it is so threatening to the whole nation,” Miss Naderi said.

According to Miss Naderi, 2014 for Afghan nation was the end of world, it was painted that dark for everyone but darkness took people to the point that they had to decide between living and dying.

She said “When you go through three decades of war then you are able and you do have the capability to take the tough decision. So, on election day Afghan nation regardless of all those threat they lined in a way that not only surprised the nation but also surprised the whole world that in that line the people with cost of their lives went to vote.”

But, she said that beautiful gesture of the Afghan nation was unfortunately forgotten soon by our politician.

“It came to the point that who is going to be the winner and who is going to be the loser and that was the time when everything was painted again with a different image and that is fraud,” Miss Naderi added.

“Why fraud was dominating everything in Afghanistan? In a country that transfer of power was always done by the color of blood not by the color of finger and all of a sudden everyone gets perfectionist to the level that they will not accept anything if there is going to be irregularity,” she said.

Miss Naderi insisted that when we talk about the fraud in a country like Afghanistan, the leaders of the nation has the responsibility to go and fight ageist the fraud and make the institution strong in order that it can be a good filter of power not only for these two candidates but for the future of Afghanistan because “when we talk about institution and democracy we are not talking particularly about one particular period of election or government, we are talking about future of the country.”

“So, the independent election commission of Afghanistan is not determining the future of the two candidates winning or losing situation but the whole future of Afghanistan. So, when there was fraud we had to fight to ensure that the fraud is going to go through audit but instead of doing that what happened they kidnapped the institutions because the number of votes difference was so high that you could not by changing one thousand or let’s say one hundred thousand you could change the winner to the loser or lose to the winner,” she said.

According to Miss Naderi, the principles of democracy were used or misused to go and fight against the institution to kill election forever. “Fraud should not be an excuse to destroy an institution forever. Fraud should show the level of responsibility that how much work should be done in order to show that we can have an healthy democracy in Afghanistan,” she said.

Miss Naderi hailed the international community’s interference, specifically US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts for building a framework to resolve the deadlock. However, she insisted that the Afghan leaders were supposed to have the capability to resolve the issue and work for the betterment of the country.

She said the hundred audit process was agreed in a bid to prevent any further suspicion in the audit and recount process and ensure legitimacy of the election. However, she said that the international community should distinguish between the political process and technical process of the audit.

Miss Naderi affirmed that the technical side of the audit should be conducted by the international community but only Afghans should be involved in the political process since the leaders of Afghanistan should learn to take responsibility of the nation.

According to Miss Naderi, the democratic and election process would come under question if the political process is used as a pretext to gain power. “The leaders of Afghanistan should learn to take the responsibility of the nation rather than making the political process as a condition that if what I am trying to get, what I am demanding to get as a power is given to me then I am allowing the audit to move forward but if you are not going to give me what I am demanding then I am not allowing the audit to take place.”

“So, if the powerful people of the land wanted to sit in closed door and share Afghanistan among themselves, why people went to vote?” she asked.

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  1. Totally agree with you. Abdullah and his team members shall seriously apologies from the nation for taking the country to the worst situation. People like Atta Mohammad Noor and Amanullah Guzar should be sentenced to jail for threatening the nation about the civil war.

  2. Very well said. Warlords, true to their nature are using threats of violence and war to grab power again under the pretext of some fraud. In fact it is more likely that these warlords were responsible for committing the fraud and why wouldn’t they given their previous history of corruption and lies.

    This election has been basically hijacked and taken under the pretest of fraud by warlords.

    1. Next time you mention the name Warlord take into account that the same West that has put into your mouth this divisive word, used to call them freedom fighters when they were fighting the Soviet Union. At that time when Afghanistan was burning in the USSR fire power Ashraf the chicken was in America, his heart was with Najib Ahmadzai and neither prayed like he is doing now nor he had gone to Mecca for pilgrimage. He is a fake individual who does not see anything but the supremacy of his ethnic group. He, Ghani, is the one who has highjacked the election. For your education I encourage you to listen to the governor of Wardak, Khugiani, audio and videotapes and the Afghan sheep-stuffer, Amarkhail and his illegal campaign campaign for Ashraf Ghani.

  3. So truely said. The same people who were responsible for the endless destruction and bloodshed for the sake of gaining power have raised again to repeat the same thing for the same purpose. All of us aware of the groud realities, its up to the nation which way it wants to take their country and this time no other “khariji ha” should be blamed.

  4. What was well said. Naderi is gone to a place where the British has bringing the most backward people on earth in the past 250 or so years to rule Afghanistan. The Britain has never cared about Khorasan people. It only cares about who can advance their evil intention and you guys are sure the flag bearers of the evil empire. Ask yourself why Naderi is invited in the NAtO conference and no one from the other camp.

    Ashraf Ghani is the one who left Afghanistan 40 years ago, became a Marxist, campaigned with Najib Ahmadzai, is married to a Christian women, having two Christian children, denounced his Afghan citizenship and became an American, became Afghan again to run for president. Tjhis opportunistic coward has done everything to get ahead so that he can promote his tribalistc, ethnic and fascistic causes. He was gone from Afghanistan when there was a challenge to be in Afghanistan. He appeared 13 years ago when the storm was over and his unsatisfied brothers, Taliban, was not longer in power. He with Karzai have been a mouthpiece of the cutthroat, barbarian and uncivilized and Taliban, who are nothing but the puppets of the Gulf Sheits, ISI, and Great Britain. Abdullah won the first round of election and Ashraf The Chicken was distant second. It defies common and logic and does not pass the statistic and scientific measures to think that a backdoor winner like Ghani would win by 25 percent margin. Next you talk about Warlord take into account that the same West that has put into your mouth this divisive word, used to call them freedom fighters when they were fighting the Soviet Union. At that time Ashraf the chicken was in America, his heart was with Najib Ahmadzai and neither prayed like he is doing now nor he had gone to Mecca for pilgrimage. He is a fake individual who does not see anything but the supremacy of his ethnic group. He, Ghani, is the one who has high jacked the election. For your education I encoutrage you to listen to governor of Wardak, Ghugian, audio and videotapes and the Afghan sheep-stuffer, Amarkhail and his illegal campaign campaign for Ashraf Ghani.

  5.  Warlords . Is hungry  for power shame on you   threat   ordinary people  make violence and war to grab power again under the pretext of some fraud. In fact it is more likely that these warlords were responsible for committing the fraud and why wouldn’t they given their previous history of corruption and lies. Shame on you look around neighbours country they are nuclear power .Warlords . You are only busy to making bank balance   
    See  Situation of ordinary person In Afghanistan   They have nothing . Look to  politician they have million bank balance .. They are not patriotic they are selfish 

  6. Skirting the issue of fraud and the institutions directly involved does not solve the problem. Afghanistan has been ruled by oligarchs for the past thirteen years under the cloak of democracy. When the nation went out to vote they voted a) against the Taliban and acts of terror, b) against the traditional quasi-ruling classes of yesteryear, c) against tribalism and ethnic divisions, and d) against power-brokers and and rampant corruption. When their votes were hijacked Foreign intercession was unfortunately required to force a recount when all other efforts failed. Unless the electoral process is properly reformed and those involved brought to justice, people will lose faith in the democratic process. How can you expect a thief to be judge at his own trial? You point, quite rightly, to the importance of Nato’s involvement in Afghanistan. Why was the BSA not signed in time? Why can’t we maintain the promise of every Afghan having Pilau and chalaus on their table well beyond 2014? Why is our treasury empty? Which ministers were responsible for managing the nation’s finance? Why are the talibans gaining ground and the provinces aflame? Who set free the very taliban we are fighting today? It appears very doubtful that Afghans voted for the team that enjoys the full backing of those primarily responsible for the manifold miseries the nation faces today. Never has this country been rift by such ethnic divide. You praise John Kerry’s efforts, but the Agreement elaborated is still not honored for tactical reasons and by those seeking positions in the government. You speak well and are very eloquent — but eloquence cannot hide facts. Our fragile democracy has been tarnished by the very institutions that were to be its guardians. I would have thought that as a law-maker and a champion of democracy you would demanded a full investigation into the Amerkheil affair. But then again it may have been unwise as he would have implicated others more important in the ladder.

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