Stockholm: The nomination deadline for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize has expired amid renewed criticism the award committee has drifted away from the selection criteria established by the prize's founder.
Stockholm's County Administrative Board, which supervises foundations and trusts in the city, is investigating claims the Nobel Foundation has widenened the scope of the prize to a point where it no longer reflects Alfred Nobel's will.
But Nobel secretary Geir Lundestad says jury's picks adhere to Nobel's goal of promoting "fraternity between nations".
Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are among reported, but unconfirmed candidates for the 2012 prize. The nomination deadline expired Wednesday.