No one expected Afghanistan's recent parliamentary election to be fraud-free.
But some people, especially those in the Western capitals looking for a dignified way to bring their troops home, were hoping that the election would be better than last year's fraud-riddled presidential race.
So far, the best thing that folks can point to as a success is the fact that there were no spectacular Election Day attacks to capture headlines.
Beyond that, however, there is little so far to suggest that the elections have produced a great leap forwards for Afghan democracy.
Afghan elections officials are looking into more than 3,600 complaints about the recent election, and more than half of them have the potential to alter the outcome in races for 249 seats in the elected house of Afghanistan's bicameral parliament.
There have already been serious reports of voter fraud that have raised questions about the legitimacy of the election in key Afghan provinces.
This week, new video emerged that adds to the evolving picture.
The most most damning video shows a man wearing an Afghan Border Police uniform standing watch while three men sit around a ballot box they keep stuffing with rigged ballots.
The video was obtained by an Afghan politician who asked not to be identified - and it could not be independently verified.
It was reportedly shot in Spin Boldak, the border town in Kandahar province that is basically run by Abdel Razek, the feared Border Police commander dubbed "the Master of Spin Boldak."
Razek has noted that anyone can buy an Afghan military uniform (a completely separate problem...) and dismissed the video.
But Afghan elections watchdogs say that the video is one of many to raise concerns about the election.
What remains to be determined is how widespread the fraud was in the race - and if the election process can be touted as a small step forward for Afghan democracy.
That is the challenge facing Afghan elections officials who are under intense pressure from many sides to tilt the races one way or another.
"If they leave the election the way it is, there is no place for democracy in Afghanistan," said Afghan lawmaker Khalid Pashtoon, a critic of Afghan President Hamid Karzai who is concerned that fraud will deny him a seat in the next parliament. "It is gone. It is history. It is under the debris."