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Voting Afghanistan–Oops, Russian Style!

There was extensive pressure on Russian election officials to ensure United Russia, the party of Prime Minister Putin did well in local elections. Last year, Stavropol Governor Chemogorov lost his job when a member of the opposition party actually won a seats in the regional legislature. For some reason, this man was not informed the purpose of the opposition is to pretend to run for office knowing full well only the right group– United Russia-wins elections in Putin, Russia. Some Russians still do not grasp the essence of democracy is to allow the party in power to win all elections because –they are the party in power. Why the heck if you are the party in power should the opposition party be allowed to win an election? It makes no sense

In polling station number 3,209 they reported at 4:00 p.m. that 100% of registered voters had voted. Two hours later they reported 97% had voted. In many small polling offices the opposition did not secure a single vote. President Medvedev does not like charges of fraud which are being raised, he prefers a nice orderly election in which everyone does as instructed and he can go home to a pleasant dinner without the stima of “fraud” being in the air.

Philippine President Urged To End National Corruption

There is growing furor in the Philippines about endemic corruption which is rapidly eroding public confidence in the nation’s institutions. Speaker of the House Jose de Venecio called upon President Gloria Macapagal to lead a “moral revolution” before there is a complete collapse of public trust. He cited the enormous influence possessed by drug and gambling lords who are funding elections in order to ensure no action is taken against their activities. National Security Adviser, Norberto Gonzalez claims, “I’m raising corruption as a national security threat. It has become the system of the country.” In 2005, there was a scandal when it was revealed the president had conversations with the Election Commission about ensuring she emerged from the election with at least a million vote majority. This week two governors said they recently emerged from a meeting with President Macapagal and received paper bags as they left containing 500,000 pesos($11,360). On Tuesday, Catholic bishops said actions by the nation’s leaders reflected a “moral bankruptcy.”

The Philippine is engaged in a violent civil war against al-Qaeda style Muslim rebels who control large areas in southern parts of the nation. Allegations of corruption hurt any efforts to end the insurgency because if people lose confidence in their nation’s leadership it makes more difficult the task of ending an insurgency.