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ECC Suspects Fraud Amongst Provincial Council Candidates

Recent investigations by the Election Complaint Commission (ECC) show that documents provided by over 400 Provincial Council candidates have authenticity or completion issues.

The ECC has warned candidates that they face disqualification if their documents do not hold up to scrutiny. Forged education documents were said to be prevalent amongst the thousands of Provincial Council candidates running in local elections across the country.

The ECC will hold a public review of Provincial Council candidates' educational documents in the next week, according to ECC head Abdul Satar Seerat.

"Over 400 provincial council election documents are either incomplete or have other problems, so we have decided to ask them to come to the commission so that they can defend themselves and the ECC will decide whether or not their defense is acceptable," Seerat said.

"For us, it does not matter whether it is a Senator or anyone else; all the citizens of Afghanistan are equal before the law," he added.

Prior to this, 44 Provincial Council candidates were eliminated from the final list for not meeting the legal age requirement and submitting forged voter ID cards to meet the qouta of support required by the Independent Election Commission (IEC).

The Provincial Council campaign season is scheduled to kick-off in three days.

Friday, 28 February 2014, TOLO News

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