Just in Time for Afghan Election: Fake Voter Cards

Voter fraud feared as elections near
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2010 2:21 PM CDT
Just in Time for Afghan Election: Fake Voter Cards
Farkhunda Zahra Nadri, an Afghan parliamentarian candidate, speaks to her supporters during a campaign rally in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.   (Musadeq Sadeq)

Printers in a Pakistan city near the Afghan border say they have produced thousands of fake voter registration cards at the request of Afghan politicians for use in that country's parliamentary elections on Saturday. The cards, some shown to the AP, add to evidence that fraud could undermine the elections and further destabilize the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.

A fraud-marred presidential election last year threatened the credibility of the Afghan administration at home and with the Western nations waging war on the country's resurgent Taliban. Regulation of voting has been improved, but an influx of fake cards raises the possibility of a person with multiple voter cards voting many times and could still cause problems in an insecure country where monitoring of polling stations will likely be spotty.
(More Afghan election stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.