Iraq's electoral watchdog has disqualified some 30 candidates from upcoming polls for violations including having been senior members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party, the body's head said on Sunday.
"The electoral commission has decided to cancel the names of about 30 candidates either for submitting forged documents or being former Baathists or for being members of the security forces," said Iraqi Electoral Commission chief Faraj al-Haidari.
The commission is also investigating reports that about 50 other candidates had submitted forged documents, he said.
Some 14,400 candidates are registered to contest just 440 local council seats in provincial polls scheduled for Jan. 31, Iraq's second round of elections since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, but the first to be held under Iraqi supervision.
Under Iraqi law issued after US occupation, former senior Baath party members and members of the security forces are banned from being candidates.
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