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3 days to deadline, no one registers as presidential candidate

3 days to deadline, no one registers as presidential candidate

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Dec 30, 2018 - 17:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Just three days are remaining in the deadline to register as a presidential candidate, but so far no one has registered his/her candidacy, the Independent Election Commission (IECinfo-icon) said on Sunday.

According to the presidential election schedule, the candidate registration process began on December 22 and would continue until January 2, 2019.

Kobra Razai, deputy spokesman of the IEC, says so far 75 people, including a woman, have received the presidential election information packages but none has registered candidacy.

Obtaining information packages is also possible through the internet and some aspirant candidates have received these packages online, she added

“Economic problems and natural calamities in the north and central parts of the country may be reasons that prevent the candidates from returning the information bundles they obtained from the IEC,” she said, when asked why presidential candidates could not return after obtaining the information bundles.

Noorul Haq Ulumi, Anwarul Haq Ahadi, Hakim Torsan, Hedayatullah Hafiz, Hayamuddin Watandost, Noor Rahman Liwal, Zalmai Rassoul, Rahmatullah Nabil, Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Faramarz Tamana, Mohamad Hanif Atmar, Ahmad Wali Massoud, Hekmat Khalil Karzai and some others have received the information packages.

According to the election law, a presidential election candidate should be Afghan, Muslim, have completed the age of 40, have the support of 100,000 people, not guilty of crimes against humanity, not deprived of civil rights and pay a million afghanis to the IEC.

A credible source inside the IEC had earlier said that the presidential elections would be delayed from the previously announced date of April 20, 2019.

The source had said that the government and international community were divided over the date of elections.

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