Sunday, September 11, 2005

This Just In: Other Countries Have Crooked Voting

If you've been paying attention to something besides Hurricane Katrina coverage lately, then you'd remember that Egyptians were to experience their first real democratic election in a long, long time. Then, the problem came that the current President, Hosni Mubarak, up for reelection, declared that independent groups would not be allowed to verify the vote counts.

So, it comes as no surprise to anyone that his opponents are disputing the results of the election (an overwhelming victory for him).

Well, overwhelming is a bit mistaken. According to CNN, the turnout was 23%. That is a ridiculously low number. I'm not familiar with social and political factors in Egypt, but what could have caused such a low turnout? Apathy? Resignation to the corruption of the current administration/regime? Suppression? I don't know.

But I can say this: The vote fraud is probably much greater than the 10-15% the "human rights groups" estimate. Not in Egypt.

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