Elections in Afghanistan

September 19, 2005

Apparently the lower voter turnout of the elections in Afghanistan yesterday dismayed both the pro-democracy and anti-democracy folks.  While there was a 70% turnout last year for the Afghani presidential elections, this year there has been an estimated 50% turnout for the parliamentary elections.  Supporters of the US were surprised that the number was so much lower than they expected, while others (hello BBC) expressed shock that so many turned out.

I’m not that surprised at the numbers – the novelty of voting quickly wears off, and while people will put out a lot of effort to elect what seems to be a significant leader (the president), they may not choose to venture out for other elections in the face of threats, work to do, or simply lack of interest, even though those elections might actually have more immediate results in their area.

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