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Tazkeras being sold and purchased to strength vote bank

Tazkeras being sold and purchased to strength vote bank

May 04, 2018 - 16:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members and possible candidates for October 20 elections have expressed their concerns over bargaining on National Identity Cards (NICs) for the upcoming polls and warned the practices may result crisis.

According to election law individual who want to contest the lower house election must submit the copies of 1,000 NICs also called Tazkeras and candidate for district council’s election should provide 100 copies of NICs to the election commission.

According to some sources the selling and buy of Tazkeras to the candidates has become the talk of the town. Although insecurity is considered the main challenge to the upcoming polls but the buy and selling of NICs had raised fresh concerns.

Obaidullah Kalimzai, a lawmaker from Kabul province, acknowledged the buying and selling of Tazkeras.

“Currently, one copy of Tazkera is being sold from $1,000 to $2,000. I want to tell those individuals who could not collect 1,000 Tazkeras that do not contest election,” he said, adding the one who don’t have the support of 1,000 people should not contest the election.

Another Lawmaker Qais Hassan also expressed concern over the buying and selling of Tazkeras and said this practice would hamper public trust on the process of election.

He asked the masses not to cell their identities and not to send the people to Wolesi Jirga who would serve their personal interest.

Ahmad Zaki Faqirzada, a designate candidate, alleged some lawmakers had spread the gossips regarding the selling and purchase of Tazkers in order to create turmoil and faced the election with crisis. He, however, added some people referred to him to buy their Tazkeras.

He asked the masses not to sell their identity against the money and support candidates who could serve them in the future.

Aminullah, the resident of Kabul City, had 50 copies of Tazkeras with him and sold each against 1,000 to 2,000 afghanis on candidates.

He said he purchase each copy of Tazkeras from people against 500 to 1,000 afghanis and would sold them on candidates at the higher prices when needed

Meanwhile, Abdul Badei Sayyad, head of the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) has asked the tribal elders to encourage people not to sell their Tazkeras and votes.

In some parts of the country powerful and armed individuals force common people to sell their Tazkeras and vote the candidate they want, he said.

Sayyad added the commission may not be able to stop the buying and selling of Tazkeras but assured that no rigging and fraud would be allowed in the polling process.

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