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Rigging the Pakistani Vote

February 18th, 2008 by Celeste Fremon

Senator Joe Biden, who along with John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, flew in to observe the parliamentary elections vote today in Pakistan, told reporters in Washington on Friday that if the elections can be shown to be “patently rigged,” he will propose that the United States cut off military aid to Pakistan.

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Well, Joe, I think your cards are about to be called. All day there have been instances
of widespread vote rigging, fraud and bribery, being reported on some of Pakistan’s most prominent blogs, like here at Teeth Maestro and here at Metroblogging Karachi.

I’ll have a brand new report on all this early tomorrow morning from a first-hand source, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, it looks like the opposition parties (Benazir Bhutto’s PPP and Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N), not that of Musharraf’s (PML-Q and his reactionary allies, MQM), are winning. So one of the questions hanging in the air is this one: Who is doing the rigging?

Posted in International politics, Pakistan | 4 Comments »

4 Responses

  1. Woody Says:

    When the Democrats are found guilty of rigging the nomination of Hillary Clinton, we should cut off all federal campaign financing to them.

  2. Randy Paul Says:

    Like a broken record.

  3. Randy Paul Says:

    It may be that all three are rigging and it just happens that some are doing a better job than others.

  4. richard locicero Says:

    I always knew that Pakistan was a Marxist Country. Didn’t know it was Minnie’s boys calling the shots though.

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