Elections are a fairly simple concept to Americans. We have grown up electing officials our entire lives (I still remember when I ran for some office some time in 7th grade.) Apparently many other cultures don't understand the nature of elections and also the effects of tampering with the votes.
Here is a recent quote for an Iraqi on elections:
We were expecting the decision but we would like the elections to have happened," said Haitham al-Husseini, a spokesman for the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), the main political party in Iraq.
"We thought the elections could have happened not in a perfect way but at least we would have consulted the Iraqi people," he said on Thursday.
Mr. al-Husseini apparently does not understand the nature of elections. The further elections are from being perfect the further away from the people's will the result is. Haitham never expected the elections to be useful. His organization and other organizations like his want early elections because they want to hijack the vote while they can.
The UN has made the right decision in deciding not to back early elections. I am impressed they were able to go in and objectively examine the information, and make a correct decision.