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Election observers discover attempted vote buying
By Petra - Jan 03,2013 - Last updated at Jan 03,2013
AMMAN — The Integrity Coalition for Election Observation (Nazaha) on Thursday said it had recorded attempts at vote buying in Amman’s 2nd District, carried out by a person campaigning for a former MP.
In a report issued Thursday, Nazaha said that the campaigner had offered JD80 per vote and that the coalition had informed the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) of the incident.
Other vote buying attempts were also recorded in Qasabat Al Mafraq and in the Northern Badia District where JD40 was offered per vote.
The coalition recommended that the IEC start investigating these incidents at once.
The coalition also recorded a campaign during which a candidate was distributing food parcels in a neighbourhood in Wadi Abdoun.
The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) on Sunday said it does not have the capacity to uncover all cases of vote buying ahead of the January 23 elections, noting that it relies mostly on citizens to report such practices.
Local, Arab and international observers on Thursday said this year’s parliamentary elections had gone smoothly, but pointed out some shortcomings that need to be addressed in future polls.
Tuesday is the deadline for local and international groups to apply to observe the January 23 parliamentary elections, according to the Independent Elections Commission (IEC).
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