1394846_10151962698466944_2136739206_nThe initial list of presidential and provincial council candidates was finally prepared and announced by the independent election commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Tuesday.

Independent election commission (IEC) chief, Yousuf Nuristani announced that 16 candidates have been removed from the initial list, and only 10 candidates have been declared as eligible candidates to run for 2014 presidential elections.

Mr. Nuristani told reporters that the 16 candidates were removed from the initial list due to dual nationalities, lack of 100,000 voter cards to support the specific candidates from at least 20 provinces, and other the eliminated candidates failed to comply with the other terms and conditions of the election commission.

He said the candidates were informed regarding the issue of dual nationalities by the foreign affairs ministry of Afghanistan.

The eligibale candidates according to IEC sources include Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Abdullah Abdullah, Abdul Rahim Wardak, Hedayat Amin Arsala, Zalmai Rassoul, Qotbuddin Helal, Qayoum Karzai, Gul Agha Sherzoi, Sardar Nader Naeem.

The sources further added that 661 candidates for the provincial council elections have been removed in the initial list of candidates, and 2395 candidates have been declared as eligible to run for the elections.

The eliminated presidential candidates include Bismilalh Sher, Daud Sultanzoi, Khadija Ghaznawi, Anwar-ul-haq Ahadi, Syed Ishaq Gilani, Azizullah Ludin, Abdul Hadi Dabir, Salman Ali Dost Zada and Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai.

The initial list of the presidential and provincial council candidates will be forwarded to electoral complaints commission, and the final list of candidates will be announced after the complaints against the candidates are assessed by the commission.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.