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(rferl)   The Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan's President wins 95.5% of the votes in the Presidential elections   (rferl.org ) divider line
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2011-04-11 08:04:17 AM  
That 4.5% of Uzbek assholes will not get to beat any gypsies this year.
 
2011-04-11 08:09:03 AM  
Riiiight.
 
2011-04-11 08:41:34 AM  
The other 4.5% of the votes are still being written counted.
 
2011-04-11 08:44:52 AM  
comedymeltdown.com
 
2011-04-11 09:46:54 AM  
To be fair, Kazakhstan is still better then the rest of central Asia. But when you're competing against Uzbekistan and and Turkmenistan, it's not really a competition is it?
 
2011-04-11 10:01:01 AM  
Potassium prices are at an all-time high, so of course he'll get re-elected.
 
2011-04-11 10:16:46 AM  
Meh. He's no Saparmurat Niyazov
 
2011-04-11 10:32:44 AM  
lolfed.com
 
2011-04-11 10:35:25 AM  
Really, if you're going to rig elections make it look convincing? I mean seriously.
 
2011-04-11 10:35:49 AM  
Only 95.5%? Dude's slipping.
 
2011-04-11 10:36:41 AM  
Seriously, when will dictators learn that it's better to win 54-46 rather than 95-5? For most people, it's not choice they want, it's merely the illusion of choice.
 
2011-04-11 10:38:50 AM  

RexTalionis: Seriously, when will dictators learn that it's better to win 54-46 rather than 95-5? For most people, it's not choice they want, it's merely the illusion of choice.


Because corporate Kazakhstan has moved passed the point where they feel it's necessary to let people think they've got some say in the matter?
 
2011-04-11 10:39:20 AM  
From the comments of TFA (emphasis mine):

When, on Monday morning after the Sunday elections, I asked my cleaning lady if she had voted, she told me that yes, she had.
"Who did you vote for?", I asked.
"Nazarbayev."
"Good grief, why?"
"He's already had the time to steal all he needs, any others would have to start stealing from scratch."
I could see her point but did not argue about the result being a foregone conclusion, and that there had been no way that voting for one of the "opposition" candidates would have led to them winning.
Next I asked her if her children, both adults, had voted. She replied that, no, they hadn't, as they could not be bother to go out. She then went on to recount the following, leaving me stunned:
"I asked if I could vote for my children and was told yes. They gave me two more voting forms and I signed for them."
!!!!!?????!!!!!
 
2011-04-11 10:40:58 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: Because corporate Kazakhstan has moved passed the point where they feel it's necessary to let people think they've got some say in the matter?


Of course not, but it makes a dictator's job a lot easier when the people you control think they have some degree of influence in the running of their lives.
 
2011-04-11 10:40:58 AM  

RexTalionis: Seriously, when will dictators learn that it's better to win 54-46 rather than 95-5? For most people, it's not choice they want, it's merely the illusion of choice.


Do you think anyone wants to be the village chief of the one town that didn't give 95% of the vote to the current dictator?
 
2011-04-11 10:42:00 AM  
I assume the other 4.5% are in a coma and/or otherwise unaccounted for?
 
2011-04-11 10:42:58 AM  
These early voting returns are so unreliable. The press should be ashamed of themselves for their rush to get the news out, even if it's erroneous. The final vote will actually be 100% after 4.5% of the voters are "deleted" from the electoral rolls (and from everything else).
 
2011-04-11 10:45:05 AM  
The other 4.5% accidentally voted for Pat Buchanan
 
2011-04-11 10:48:04 AM  
Approves.

freedomforvietnam.files.wordpress.com

/too obscure?
 
2011-04-11 10:48:31 AM  
I hear Michele Bachmann is asking for his vote counters.
 
2011-04-11 10:48:41 AM  
www.travelinit.com
 
2011-04-11 10:50:02 AM  

FuryOfFirestorm: The other 4.5% accidentally voted for Pat Buchanan


Now that is make benefit glorious nation of Farkistan.
 
2011-04-11 10:53:37 AM  

twobux: Potassium prices are at an all-time high, so of course he'll get re-elected.


All other countries have inferior potassium.
 
2011-04-11 10:57:12 AM  
Even 54-46 is too much. If you can win 49 - 51, maybe have an unelected, unaccountable group of elites declare you winner, then you'll have at least 25% of the population falling over themselves in support of your fraud.
 
2011-04-11 11:00:27 AM  
gregpike.ca

He has make Kazakhstan more civilised now. Women can now travel on inside of bus, and homosexuals no longer have to wear blue hat.

/he has a chair
//he is the king in the castle
 
2011-04-11 11:00:36 AM  
And?
 
2011-04-11 11:01:23 AM  
...I don't know much about this country. Is this guy a bad guy?

Or do we think he's a bad guy because he's not American enough?
 
2011-04-11 11:02:03 AM  
WTF

If you're going to win an election by rigging it, rig it to win ~55% of the vote. Anything higher is too obvious.
 
2011-04-11 11:09:16 AM  

firemarth: ...I don't know much about this country. Is this guy a bad guy?

Or do we think he's a bad guy because he's not American enough?


He's not a bad guy according to America. Maybe if his people revolt, we might consider him a bad guy depending on how many resources the country has and if they could be of some use to us.

Or until he starts making threats to America, credible or not.

Until then, he's free to oppress his people and we'll look the other way. Like we always do.
 
2011-04-11 11:13:24 AM  
'It's Not the People Who Vote that Count; It's the People Who Count the Votes'
 
2011-04-11 11:15:46 AM  
Fark picks very low numbers for election rigging. Those kinds of numbers are likely to encourage revolt, since people will be convinced their odds are good. I'd say something in the low to mid 60s would look best and may even grant the appearance of a mandate. Or perhaps low 70s would be ever better on that score?

But upwards of 90%? Only Julius Caesar, Pompey the Great, Marcus Crassus, and Octavian could pull those kind of numbers without rigging the vote.
 
2011-04-11 11:19:06 AM  
When you run under the "clean prostitutes for all" campaign promise, it's hard to lose.
 
2011-04-11 11:21:08 AM  

kid_icarus: I assume the other 4.5% are in a coma and/or otherwise unaccounted for?


They voted Ron Paul or Ralph Nader.
 
2011-04-11 11:21:39 AM  
Chavez school of voting?
 
2011-04-11 11:23:17 AM  
"All other countries are run by little girls!"
 
2011-04-11 11:25:46 AM  
Only 95.5%?

Sounds like he needs CS&S.
 
2011-04-11 11:26:32 AM  
In any dictatorship, the truth is the first casualty. For US examples, see Faux Newz.
 
2011-04-11 11:27:43 AM  
"Clearly, efforts are being made by the authorities to make further progress in the area of democratic reforms, which currently seem to be lagging somewhat behind the achievements of Kazakhstan in economic and social and Jew development," Lenarcic said."

^Article corrected.
(disclaimer: not my personal view)
 
2011-04-11 11:28:24 AM  

gameshowhost: Only 95.5%?

Sounds like he needs CS&S.


Or perhaps ES&S, depending on what he wants to accomplish. =\
 
2011-04-11 11:33:45 AM  
The people in these countries know that the elections are rigged. A more believable result won't change that.

Think of a 95% win as a warning of sorts.
 
2011-04-11 11:33:49 AM  
You very nice place!
 
2011-04-11 11:34:49 AM  

Plant Rights Activist: RexTalionis: Seriously, when will dictators learn that it's better to win 54-46 rather than 95-5? For most people, it's not choice they want, it's merely the illusion of choice.

Do you think anyone wants to be the village chief of the one town that didn't give 95% of the vote to the current dictator?


Also, dictators need the loyalty of their sub-leaders who all probably crave the top job, if there's the suspicion of weakness in his coalition.
 
2011-04-11 11:37:22 AM  
In the US you can win without actually winning. So which country is more of a banana republic?
 
2011-04-11 11:38:00 AM  
KZ has some of the hottest women in the world. Almaty is also the Vegas of Central Asia, He's got my vote.
 
2011-04-11 11:38:33 AM  

RexTalionis: I_Am_Weasel: Because corporate Kazakhstan has moved passed the point where they feel it's necessary to let people think they've got some say in the matter?

Of course not, but it makes a dictator's job a lot easier when the people you control think they have some degree of influence in the running of their lives.


So that's the reason why Wall Street runs Washington today.
 
2011-04-11 11:41:28 AM  
Although Kazakhstan a glorious country, it have a problem, too: economic, social, and Jew.
 
2011-04-11 11:42:02 AM  

xaldin: Really, if you're going to rig elections make it look convincing? I mean seriously.


It's only right to rig elections this badly.

If you make the vote too close, you run the risk of having to get the supreme court to put the fix in.

Those justices are busy people. Don't make them do your work for you.

Sincerely

H. Chad Miami, Esq.
 
2011-04-11 11:46:02 AM  
It just shows how amateurish they are at democracy (or trying to steal elections in a democracy). No democracy will have a 95% election landslide, that's just absurd.
 
2011-04-11 12:02:46 PM  
They need to take lessons from the experts ( republicans ) on election theft.
 
2011-04-11 12:12:24 PM  
are we going to bomb them until they are free?
 
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