Afghan poll threatened by fake voter IDs printed in Pakistan

Afghan poll threatened by fake voter IDs printed in Pakistan

The election for 249 seats in the wolesi jirga, or lower house, is a test of stability in Afghanistan ahead of president Barack Obama’s strategy review in December, which is likely to examine the pace and scale of any American troop withdrawals.

Three printers in a dimly lit section of Peshawar’s Storytellers’ Bazaar said that Afghan election candidates had travelled to the walled heart of the ancient city about an hour from the border and provided them with samples of Afghan voter registration cards.

Two of the printers spoke on condition of anonymity as they could face prosecution if caught. Tariq Khan, a 32 year old printer, said times were tough in Peshawar, and he had accepted the registration card requests because it was more profitable than his usual work. fake id

“Several candidates from various parts of Afghanistan have purchased these cards,” he said. “Now it is their headache how they use them.”

Afghan election officials say they have instituted safeguards that will keep false cards from being used. These include marking voters’ fingers with indelible ink, searching them to make sure they are not carrying multiple cards and checking to make sure they are old enough to vote.

“Why we should stick to fairness while our opponents use these means and tactics?” he said.”I am not sure we will be able to use these cards or not, but as a precaution I am thinking of buying some 1, fake id 500 cards.”

He said fake cards were available in Afghanistan but at higher prices than in Peshawar. Khan also said the cards were being printed in Afghanistan.

“There are a few black sheep involved in such illegal business,” said Zafar Khattak, president of Peshawar’s printers’ association. “Unfortunately, whenever a printer gets arrested for printing illegal material, he is freed on bail after 10 or 15 days and never gets punished.”

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