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Machines to print ‘fake’ ID cards brought to Baghlan

Machines to print ‘fake’ ID cards brought to Baghlan

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May 21, 2018 - 19:13

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Some people in northern Baghlan province claim the ground for massive rigging in the Oct 20 polls is being paved as machines are illegally used to print ‘forged Identity Cards (IDs) also known Tazkera and the stickers.

Syed Ali Fazel, a civil societyinfo-icon activist and university teacher, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Machines to print stickers and Tazkera have been brought to Baghlan and preparations for a massive rigging in the upcoming elections is underway.”

He claimed the elections would lose credit in public eyes and the sitting lawmakers would be elected again if efforts at rigging the polls were not prevented and frustrated.

He said the Provincial Council had been informed about the machines and efforts were being made to find out who brought the machines and show them to the masses.

Lawmaker Shukria Esakhel said she was unaware about printers of stickers but confirmed a machine to print fraudulent Tazkera had been brought to Baghlan.

Abdul Malik Hanifi, head of the Independent Election Commission in Baghlan, said no one had complained to him about such machines.

He, however, said such efforts would yield no result because the commission had a registration book where names of those registering as voters were documented.

He said such news could create doubts among the masses regarding the election process and people might doubt transparency of the upcoming polls.

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