DuPage Co. (ECWd) -
In a rather interesting attempt to cast blame for noncompliance of specific election records, Rafath Waheed blamed COD citing, "obfuscation of the electoral process" on the part of COD as it relates to her not filing a statement of candidacy. You can see that statement at the 48:40 mark of this video. For those not familiar with the meaning of the word obfuscation; "the action of making something obscure, unclear, or unintelligible."
It should be noted that the College of DuPage had nothing to do with making the electoral process nor is it their duty to provide guidance and direction on such matters. The guidance and direction come from the law, established by the legislature. The fact that this person chose to blame COD for failing to comply with the law is yet another reason she has no business as a public official.
In addition to blaming the school for her non-compliance, she admitted under oath to being the one who copied petitions and then signed them and had them notarized affirming they were original signatures, which they were not, just as we said in our first article on this.
57:25 of the video is where the information comes to light regarding the copies of petitions being submitted. The candidate first claims she DID not photocopy them and then when questioned further admits she did and that no one else was given her papers.
Candidate - "They are the carbon copy of that, but did I do it? "NO, it happen by mistake."
Electoral Board - "Did you make the carbon copy or did someone make it for you"
Candidate - "I made it myself, I didn't give any of my paper to anybody."
So, on one hand, she denies making copies of the petitions and then does an 180-degree turn and admits she made them
What is disturbing with this situation is the fact this person, under oath, has admitted to photocopying petition sheets. Sheets that were then separately notarized under oath and affirmation as originals.
After about 30 minutes of hearing this person create excuses and eventually admitting to things she did, made copies of signatures and turned them in, she reads a prepared statement which was her withdrawal from the race. You can watch that starting at the 1:19:04 mark of the video.
Was this whole event staged in an attempt to claim this was an attack on Muslims? Let's not forget the claim by one of the Democrats during public comment being an insinuation the objections were based on religion. How ironic, both of the candidates being objected to have the most basic of items deficient in their papers. Two candidates that in one case claims to be an Administrator and the other has an MBA and Masters in Education. How do such educated people make these kinds of mistakes? Or was this well planned out for a much different purpose? Time will tell.
Now we will have to wait and see how the COD Electoral Board handles this matter as it is clear this person provided documents, signed under oath, that were in violation of the law. We encourage them to turn this matter over to the authorities for a criminal investigation. We can only pray the State's Attorney upholds and enforces our election laws as it relates and prosecutes those who are found to have committed fraud and or forgery in that process.
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