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Specter of election fraud resurfaces: NDS ex-chief

AT-KABUL: Former National Directorate of Security (NDS) Amrullah Saleh heaped scorn on Independent Election Commission for having fabricated figures of voter registration turnout, arguing that a specter of fraud has resurfaced ahead of the much-delayed election.

Saleh’s remarks come after IEC earlier announced that four million people have, thus far registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election. He spoke of a specter of fraud and believed that ghost voters and fake identity cards have made up that figure which could raise the possibility of fraud ahead of the election.

In his twitter account he said, “The genie of fraud is out again. The IEC says over 4 million have registered. Breakdown is kept secret. For more than a month less than one million had registered. But when ghosts were allowed to register in less than two weeks the number jumped to 4 million. SAY YOUR WISH SIR.”

It is worth mentioning that recently several officials spoke about upcoming parliamentary and district council elections set for 20 October, giving pessimism views and questioning the unwillingness of government and IEC officials for holding transparent elections.

Recently members of Wolesi Jirga of the Parliament called existence of counterfeited identity cards and fake voter registration stickers a matter of concern. Many politicians believe that existence of fake ID cards and voter registration stickers could seriously undermine transparency of the coming election. In Kabul city—where most of the government surveillance exists—fake identity cards and voter registrations stickers are abundantly found, the lawmakers believe.

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