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Europeans To Monitor American Voters

There is quite an upheaval about the OSCE monitoring the coming US elections. As always there’s a lot of interesting ‘facts’ floating round. Just check for yourself.

Slashdotted: Europeans To Monitor American Voters

The United States is known as being the world’s most stable democracy. But since the Florida 2000 fiasco, things have changed. Europe’s famous Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will now be monitoring the U.S. elections. The institution normally monitors elections in third world countries in transition, and in crisis areas or regions where civil wars have destabilized the political process. In november, the OSCE will be monitoring local and state elections in Kazakhstan, Skopje, Eastern Congo, Ouagadougou and… the United States.

My 2 cents to this: not only third world countries are monitored (at least if CNN is not a bunch of lying bastards):

OSCE-participating [nations] agreed in 1990 to observe elections in one another’s countries. The OSCE routinely monitors elections within its 55-state membership, including Europe, Eurasia, Canada and the United States,” a State Department spokesman said. […] More recently, OSCE monitored the elections in Northern Ireland in November and in Spain in March.

(from CNN)

But the best of all on this is from Reality Check (edit: I confused the site with Fact Check), a site I thought more neutral (the following is only the last paragraph of an article suggesting that the OSCE has ties to terrorism …):

So if President Bush and/or Republican leaders don’t take action to prevent the OSCE and UN from monitoring our elections, then we need to ask ourselves if they deserve our vote in November. To support protection of our borders against terrorism while permitting foreigners to “participate” in our election process and potentially put our sovereignty and security at risk is like John Kerry voting for the $87 million while voting against it. Unlike Kerry’s flip flop, this one is more ominous and potentially permanently damaging to America’s future.

My opinion? Don’t ask.

By Yashima

Writer of code and stories