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Text message ban could undermine Afghan vote: EU

Published on Apr 5, 2014 9:45 PM
 

KABUL (AFP) - The head of the European Union's Afghan election observer mission condemned the suspension of mobile text messaging services across the country on Saturday, saying it threatened the transparency of the poll.

Cellphone users were able to make calls but not send SMS messages in an apparent effort to prevent candidates transmitting campaign messages on polling day.

EU chief observer Thijs Berman wrote to election officials to warn the move would "seriously handicap" the work of candidates' agents, who monitor polling stations, and could even affect their safety.

If the suspension lasted until after polls closed, he warned, "the very valuable work of the thousands of observers would also be severely affected".

 
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