Candidate posters: Violators warned of action
KABUL (Pajhwok): Candidates violating rules on the display of posters will be referred to the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), an official warned on Friday.
Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News they had framed rules for the display of candidate posters and billboards.
He said the IEC had held a meeting on the issue with presidential runners, who had promised to keep cities clean in installation of their billboards and posters.
Election contenders spurning the regulation would be referred to the watchdog for punitive action, Amarkhel said, adding each candidate was bound to report accurately campaign expenses to the IEC.
“The campaign finance issue, as explained in the relevant law, has also been discussed with candidates. A presidential runner is not allowed to spend more than 10 million afghanis on his campaign."
Meanwhile, the Kabul Municipality said it was ready for rigorous monitoring of installation of billboards promotional and posters by presidential and provincial council candidates.
Mohammad Naeem Khogman Ulumi, the deputy head for civic services at the municipality, said candidates would not be allowed to paste posters on walls, houses, telephone poles or other inappropriate places.
“Anyone doing this will be dealt with seriously...we will try to collect the posters pasted in prohibited places and impose cash fines on violators,” he said
He said that if they violate the posters hundred Afghan micro and macro posters , fined five hundred Afghans and their posters will be deleted from the site.
The two-month presidential election campaign is set to kick off on Sunday (February 2). Eleven people are in the run to succeed President Hamid Karzai.
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