[Marxism] Priceless: Iraq election officials will observe...from Jordan!
M. Junaid Alam
mjunaidalam at msalam.net
Thu Dec 23 11:32:45 MST 2004
*This really speaks for itself, but who can resist a comment or two? The
elections are too dangerous for the officials and observers to be
anywhere near the polling stations, never mind in the actual country
itself - but the actual citizens who will be voting should be just
dandy! A skilled hand could create some priceless satire with some of
the phraseology used in the article and the statements of dissembling
dickheads who are quoted...
Foreign Team Will Watch Vote in Iraq From Jordan
*By JOEL BRINKLEY *
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 - Representatives of seven nations met in Ottawa
this week to recruit international observers for the Iraqi elections and
agreed to watch the vote, but from the safety of Amman, Jordan.
They said it was too dangerous to monitor the voting in Iraq, meaning
international observers are unlikely for the elections on Jan. 30 -
making them the first significant vote of this sort recently with no
foreign presence, United Nations officials say.
The United Nations, the European Union and many nongovernmental groups
involved in election and democracy projects are helping to organize and
administer the vote. As a result, they argue, acting as monitors would
be a conflict of interest.
The United States, a senior State Department official said, "will have
as low a profile as possible during the election."
Carina Perelli, a senior United Nations official, who said she had been
"pleading" for volunteers to monitor the elections, called the Canadian
But after the two-day meeting ended Tuesday, Jean-Pierre Kingsley,
Canada's chief electoral officer, said that the group would send few if
any people into Iraq, due to the danger.
"We are not calling this an observation mission," he said. "It is an
Mr. Kingsley said his new organization of election officials from
several nations will form relationships with Iraqi election monitors and
other officials in visits to Iraq in coming weeks, and then rely on
reports from them on Election Day.
"When you are an electoral administrator, there are a lot things you can
look at to give you an exceedingly good idea of what is going on,
without actually being there."
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