PHILADELPHIA — Election officials have rejected paperwork from a would-be candidate for office in Philadelphia because many the signatures he was required to gather appear to be photocopied.

Rob Bowers, who had filed to run as an independent for city controller, told ( ) on Wednesday that he didn’t know anything about the copies. He said he had a lot of people working last-minute on the nomination papers.

Bowers submitted 139 pages with a total of 4,170 signatures supporting his candidacy. To appear on the ballot, 4,075 valid signatures are required.

But election officials say 52 pages, containing 1,560 signatures, appear to be copies of other pages.

Bowers said he is unlikely to appeal the finding.

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