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KABUL – The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday said it had started evaluating nomination papers of another 400 provincial council candidates. IECC spokesman Nadir Muhseni said the commission had decided to start vetting documents of 400 candidates, adding papers of 90 contenders had already been cleared without any complaints against them.

The scrutiny of nomination papers of more candidates begins as only two days are left in the launch of election campaign for the provincial council elections due on April 5. The Ministry of Education has earlier rejected academic certificates of some nominees. Muhseni said provincial council contenders would be invited to an open hearing before announcing the results of their investigation into nomination papers.

More than 27,000 individuals have filed papers to run for provincial council seats across the country. Muhseni said fake degree holders would never be allowed to contest the elections and would be dealt with in accordance with the laws. Asila Barakzai, a Kunduz council member, told Pajhwok Afghan News it had been late to evaluate nomination papers because candidates would have little time to campaign. (PAN)

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