Rejected candidates seek evidence from IEC
KABUL (PAN): Announcing the formation of an association, rejected presidential candidates on Thursday gave the Independent Election Commission (IEC) a 48 hours deadline to explain why they had been thrown out of the race.
More than half of presidential hopefuls had their hopes dashed on Tuesday when the IEC ruled they did not meet citizenship and other requirements.
They include former commerce and industry minister Anwarul Haq Ahadi, Syed Ishaq Gilani, Bismillah Sher, Fazl Karim Najimi, Hashmat Ghani Ahmadzai, Sarwar Ahmadzai, Hamidullah Qaderi, Daud Sultanzoy, Azizullah Lodin, Salman Ali Dostzada, Farooq Azam, Khadija Ghaznavi, Abdul Hadi Dubair, Noor Rahman Lewal, Dr. Dawar Nadi and Nadir Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai.
The disqualified candidates told a press conference in Kabul they had formed a union and asked the IEC to give each of them credible evidence of their failure to meet the criteria.
Those present at the press conference were Gilani, Sultanzoy, Farooq Azam, Qaderi, Ghaznavi, Dubair, Najimi and their running mates.
They demanded the IEC should vet documents of both disapproved candidates and those remained on the list in the presence of their representatives.
They also made an appeal on civil society groups and national and international organisations to play their part in resolving the issue.
In a joint statement, the ruled out candidates said if their demands were not considered, they would announce their future line of action.
Ten presidential candidates, including all the major contenders, have been left in the April presidential race.
IEC chief Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani said those ruled out either didn’t meet the conditions set for citizenship, or their supporter list didn’t meet their conditions or there were problems in their documents.
Electing a new president to replace the two-term Hamid Karzai is seen as a foundation for a future Afghanistan as the Western presence begins to fade.
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