Poor Helmand turnout for Afghan election
Updated on 26 August 2009
By Gary Gibbon
Reports suggest as few as 150 people voted in the area of Afghanistan where British forces were involved in a major military operation against the Taliban.
As the counting continues after the presidential elections a poor turnout has been reported in an area of the country where British troops fought for a major Taliban stronghold.
The British Ambassador to Afghanistan has defended the role of the military following the reports that a low vote turnout in one area of Helmand province was due to British troops failing to secure the area.
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