Moroccan opposition accuses government of negligence in issue of buying votes
Morocco, Politics, 11/17/1997
The Moroccan opposition accused the government of not exerting sufficient efforts to stop what it described as the process of buying votes by the pro-government parties. The Moroccan minister of interior denied these accusations and described them as exaggerations.
Political circles maintain that this election is very important in the history of Morocco as it will shape its development in the 21st century. There are strong indications of the regime's desire and attempt to hold an honorable election. On top of these indications is the fact that the government offered $12 million to support all the political parties according to specified conditions, including the number of nominees. It also specified $250,000 as a ceiling of the money used by each nominee to finance his election campaign.
The Moroccan government also allowed all the parties to discuss their programs and hold debates through radio and television in a just way. It also reviewed the lists of eligible voters through the computer. Names of the dead were removed and all the changes were applied. The election areas were also updated. The results of any nominee who is accused of forgery will be canceled through an immediate ruling by the concerned court.
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