IRI President Testifies on Importance of Credible Elections in Afghanistan

Washington, DC – Lorne W. Craner, President of IRI, testified today before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia chaired by Rep. Gary L. Ackerman (NY). Craner’s testimony focused on the importance of a credible outcome to Afghanistan’s August 20 elections, which IRI monitored.

In IRI’s August 21 preliminary statement and in his testimony today, Craner stressed that, “All elections are a process of pre-election environment, pre-election administration, Election Day voting, vote counting and post-election adjudication, resulting in acceptance of legitimate results.”  Afghanistan is still in the last phase of the electoral process – post-election adjudication, resulting in acceptance of legitimate results – and as Craner stated, “The legitimacy of the elections will impact Afghan perceptions about the credibility of future governments and the ability of future leaders to effectively address the country’s pressing challenges – security, the economy and unemployment.”

As the U.S. government continues to formulate its policy regarding the outcome of the current political situation, Craner recommended the following four principles:  

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