The following are excerpts from an interview with Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Al-Sha'lan aired on Al-'Arabiya TV on January 19, 2005:
Interviewer: Is it possible that non-Iraqis who came from abroad will participate in the elections?
Hazem Al-Sha'lan: Of course. This is what I warned about. There are fictitious families who came from beyond the border. The father belongs to the Iranian intelligence, the mother belongs to the Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the children are orphans cared for by the Revolutionary Guard. They all came from beyond the border, in the form of fictitious families. They settled in Basra, Al-Nassiriya, Najaf, Karbala, Baghdad…
Interviewer: How do they obtain "supply-cards" in order to vote in the elections?
Hazem Al-Sha'lan: …They speak fluent Arabic. It is all a forgery. Even "supply-cards" and passports can be forged. We're in a predicament.