Tuesday, October 11, 2011

FDA Global Electoral Fairness Audit Report on Afghanistan

Afghanistan received an overall failing score of 23.75 percent for electoral fairness. The score means that the constitutional and legislative basis for Afghanistan democracy is bordering on significantly more unfair than fair. A passing score is 50 percent. The Afghanistan score is only 6.25 percent lower than the score for the United States and 67 percent lower than the score for France. Out of 27 countries, Afghanistan ranks 17 for electoral fairness. Although Afghanistan democracy has elements of electoral fairness such as freedom of expression and assembly, advanced political rights for women and disabled persons, and regulation of mass media during the electoral period, these elements are more than offset by unfair elements. Within the core of Afghanistan's political system are severe favoring of wealthy Afghans and the privileged, educated Afghan tier of society. Opposition parties do not have a reasonable chance of forming government. The FDA believes based on its research and audit that the Afghan political system is set up to keep the Karzai regime in power, while on the surface may appear to be free, equal, and fair. Consequently, the FDA concludes that the Afghan political system is authoritarian within the shell of democracy.

2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Report on Afghanistan

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