The head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan has admitted for the first time that there was widespread fraud in Afghanistan’s election.
A visibly angry Kai Eide told a news conference that cover-up allegations by Peter Galbraith, his recently fired deputy, were false and undermined the election process. “That’s been a difficult process. It’s been marred, not least, as you know, by widespread fraud,” Eide said. Eide appeared at the news conference flanked by the US, British and French ambassadors, which he said was an “expression of international unity in the work that we are doing.” The Electoral Complaints Commission will announce results of the fraud investigation later this week, either confirming President Hamid Karzai as the victor or ordering a run-off if a large share of Karzai’s votes are found to be fraudulent.