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Irbid court issues first ruling over election crime

By Khaled Neimat - Dec 12,2012 - Last updated at Dec 12,2012

AMMAN — In the first ruling ever under the new Elections Law, the Irbid First Instance Court on Wednesday sentenced two persons in absentia to three months in prison, on charges of “manipulating” the electoral list in their district.

The manipulation took the form of holding a large number of voter cards, which is an election crime, said Independent Elections Commission (IEC) Spokesperson Hussein Bani Hani, who declined to name the involved persons.

However, the spokesperson revealed that the convicted are brothers of a former MP from a northern governorate.He did not give further details.

He said the two men were referred to the court during the process of registration for the January 23 polls, which started on August 7 and ended on October 15.

The IEC intervened and took the legal action accordingly, a well-informed source said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, former lawmaker Yihya Saud is expected to stand before the prosecutor general in Amman today after the IEC referred a case involving a similar charge.

The former Amman deputy was shown in possession of thousands of what appeared to be a pile of voter IDs in photos published on news websites of Saud during a press conference.

If convicted, the former legislator will spend between six months to two years in prison or pay between JD500-JD1,000 or receive both penalties together, according to Article 64 of the Elections Law.

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