A court handed jail sentences to 10 former officials of the election commissions of Afghanistan including two former chairmen of electoral commissions.

The primary court of Anti-corruption Judicial Center handed jailed 10 former officials of the election commissions to 5 years in jail each.

The court jailed Abdul Badi Sayyad, the former chairman of the Independent Election Commission to 5 years in jail over misuse of authority and misappropriation of the votes casted in favor of Saleh Mohammad Saleh who was running in parliamentary elections from Kunduz.

The court also jailed other commissions including Mahazullah Dawlati, Rafiullah Bidar, Qadir Qureshi, Syed Hafizullah Hashemi, Meliha Hassan and Wasima Badghesi on similar charges.

Furthermore, the court jailed Abdul Aziz Arya, the former chairman of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission to 5 years in jail with Basir Fayez and Humaira Haqmal.

Meanwhile, the Court acquitted Ahmadshah Zamanzai, the former Secretariat chief of the Independent Election Commission and Syed Ibrahim Sadat, the former director of the Information Technology Department of the commission.

The authorities suspended the chairmen of the electoral commissions and several election commissioners on charges of misuse of authorities around seven months ago and introduced them to judicial institutions.

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