There are two types of techniques to get the right results in an election :
Type 1 - making sure you count the votes
Type 2 - any other techniques
Even the worst type 1 technique is x-times more powerful than the best Type 2 technique.
The most powerful technique ever created is e-vote (Diebold machines, internet vote,etc).
Pretending that the main problem in the elections in Afghanistan are Ink marks that can be erased (a type 2 technique) is pure diversion, obscuring the fact that type 1 techniques were used. The most important :
- the ballots were transported, without a count, to military bases, where they will be counted (instead of counting the votes after the ballot, under supervision of representatives of each candidate)
Not even exposing Diebold machines was the reason - e-vote being a fraud is too obvious. It was purely a message of terror.
Please see also my message above the differences between Genova 2001 and Davos 2004 ... :
and how the government is operating www.indymedia.org