This comes after an MP claimed that at some voter registration centers in Nangarhar stickers were being pasted on fake ID cards.
ACCRA Asks AGO to Probe Claims Of Fake IDs
Officials from Afghanistan’s Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA) on Thursday said that it has called on the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to probe allegations of fraud in the voter registration process in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
Mirwais Yasini, a lawmaker from Nangarhar, on Monday claimed that at some voter registration centers in the province stickers are being pasted on fake ID cards.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, Yasini said that stickers are being pasted on fake ID cards in Kama district of the eastern province.
He warned that the upcoming elections will face large scale fraud if ongoing irregularities are not stopped.
“Two provincial council candidates went there (voter registration center) and saw that stickers are pasted on fake ID cards, according to them, 60 ID cards were pasted only yesterday and 150 ID cards pasted two days ago. A systematic mistake is going on,” said Yasini.
“All those involved in the issue must be investigated, otherwise elections and democracy will be disrupted,” added Yasini.
But, ACCRA chief Homayoun Mohtaat has said that Yasini’s allegations are baseless. But he said ACCRA does not reject forgery in the process of paper IDs.
According to ACCRA, since the start of the roll out process of the paper IDs, over 4.5 million paper IDs have been distributed to the public.
“We have officially requested the attorney general investigate these allegations and ask the honorable minister to submit evidence regarding the issue,” said Mohtaat.
Meanwhile officials from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have said that forgery of the paper IDs would have serious implications on the election process.
“This is the responsibility of the population registration center to prevent fraud,” said IEC commissioner Maazullah Dawlati.
“If fraud was possible in the past, it is possible today too, if in the past a single person was taking several ID cards, he can do it today too,” added Mohtaat.
“This situation is very distressing,” said Zazai Watandost, a member of Kabul provincial council.
“The population registration center and other responsible institutions must work to prevent this issue and the people have also got a moral obligation regarding the issue,” said President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesman Shahhussain Murtazwi.