AFGHANISTAN

Britney Spears to vote in Afghanistan

Afghanistan heads to the polls today. The event however, is likely to be tarnished by election fraud. To prove just how easy it is to buy a fake voting card, one Afghan thought it amusing to get one in the name of... Britney Spears. Read more...

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Afghanistan heads to the polls today. The event however, is likely to be tarnished by election fraud. To prove just how easy it is to buy a fake voting card, one Afghan thought it amusing to get one in the name of... Britney Spears.  

Source: Afpax

Reuters reports that a voter registration card under the identification of American pop singer Britney Spears has been circulating by email for the past few weeks and has even been on display in a bar in Kabul. According to website Afpax, who broke the story in June, the document was bought by a Kandahar resident in order to demonstrate "how easy it is to buy a usable Afghan voter registration card with any name or photo you want".

The post goes on to explain that the card is entirely valid because it was created, like thousands of others, by an electoral services employee. The name on the card is "Jamila", which means "she's beautiful" in Pashto. These documents are mass produced and cost less than a euro in the major cities. This one in particular seems to prove that the anti-fraud systems in place are not very vigilant. In a country where almost all women are veiled, a white, blond and bare-skinned applicant should have raised a few eyebrows. Concerns over fake voting cards were raised again recently when in some provinces huge numbers of women signed themselves up to the electoral roll. Such a sudden and mass interest was perceived as suspicious in a country where the majority of women rarely show up to vote.