This article is on the Guardian, but as I write this, it’s the top story on Excite:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraq’s election commission announced Monday that officials were investigating “unusually high” numbers of “yes” votes in about a dozen provinces during Iraq’s landmark referendum on a new constitution, raising questions about irregularities in the balloting.
Word of the review came as Sunni Arab leaders repeated accusations of voter fraud after initial reports from the provinces suggested the constitution had passed. Among their allegations were that police took ballot boxes from heavily “no” districts, that some “yes” areas had more votes than registered voters and that supporters of the charter were allowed to vote in crucial provinces where they do not live.
American-style democracy, indeed. If it’s good enough for Bush, it’s good enough for the Iranian-backed politicians the Cheniacs support as well.
Honestly, does this surprise anyone? After Florida and Ohio, I find the notion that the administration’s party operatives disguising themselves as advisors in Iraq would have the slightest qualm about voter fraud laughable.
The good news: this is actually being covered by the American media. Is our once-pathetic Fourth Estate finally struggling to free itself from bondage, perhaps shaking off (at last!) the Svengali-esque control of Rove and his ilk? Only time will tell.
(/) Roland X
Zoe: “It’s a fair bet the Alliance is going to know what’s coming.”
Mal: “No. They’re not going to see this coming.”