The appeal court of the Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center sentenced seven former members of the Election Commission and three former members of the Electoral Complaints Commission to five years in prison each.
The former election commissioners are accused of electoral fraud in the parliamentary elections held last year in October.
The former head of the Electoral Complaints Commission, Abdul Aziz Aryaee, and two former members of the commission, Humaira Haqmal and Abdul Basir Fayiz, were accused of reducing or adding to parliamentary candidates votes in Kunar province and misuse of authority.
Meanwhile, seven former members of Independent Election Commission including Abdul Badi Sayyad, Wasima Badghisi, Maazullah Dawlati, Rafiullah Bedar, Abdul Qadir Quraishi, Sayed Hafizullah and Maliha Hassan were also accused of adding or reducing parliamentary candidates votes.
The Attorney General’s Office said that all the accused, except Wasima Badghisi, appeared at the hearing on Tuesday.
Ahmad Shah Zamanzai, former head of the Election Commission’s secretariat and Sayed Ibrahim Sadat, former head of the IT department were acquitted, the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.