This is how those burka-clad women get voter registration cards

An Afghan policewoman frisks women as they gather to receive their voter-registration cards in Herat.

But the situation is not good. NYT reports today:

International donors have spent around $1 billion on elections and related development projects here since 2001, and the current round will cost another $126 million, according to Ziaulhaq Amarkhil, the chief electoral officer. Despite the expense, the fundamental flaws that make fraud easy have not been fixed.

Most glaringly, there is the lack of a proper census and voter rolls, meaning that there is no way of matching voters against a database. Some 21 million voter ID cards have been issued, even though there are only 12 million eligible voters.

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