Candidates receive information packages for upcoming presidential elections

Candidates registration process for the upcoming presidential elections have officially started and according to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), eminent faces have received information packages from the election.
“So far, 23 possible candidates including famous faces as former chief of Afghanistan National Directorate of Security (NDS) Rahmatullah Nabil, former national security advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, former minister of finance Anwarul Haq Ahadi and former ambassador to India Shaida Abdali have received information packages from the election commission,” a spokesperson to IEC Zabihullah Sadat said.
He added that candidates would have 12 days to register for presidential elections.
According to the timeline of IEC, the registration process of eligible candidates for the presidential vote will end on January 2, new year.
Separately, Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh said that the government has asked the IEC to set a timetable for holding four elections together, which he believes the commission has failed in this regard.
Danesh said the IEC has the responsibility to bring necessary reforms and that raise its capacity.
It comes as politicians and political parties have yet to form their election tickets for the coming presidential election which is scheduled to take place on April 20, next year.
According to the officials, the final list of the presidential elections will be announced on 15th February of 2019.
In the meantime, the Independent Election Commission has considered three months period for presidential campaign starting from 17th February.
The preliminary elections results would be announced on 11th of May and the final election results will likely be announced on 15th of June.
This comes as the Independent Election Commission has not announced the final results of October parliamentary elections so far.
According to 62nd article of Afghanistan constitution, the individual who becomes a presidential candidate shall have the following qualifications:
· Shall be a citizen of Afghanistan, Muslim, born of Afghan parents and shall not be a citizen of another country;
· Shall not be less than forty years old the day of candidacy;
· Shall not have been convicted of crimes against humanity, a criminal act or deprivation of civil rights by court.
And, no individual shall be elected for more than two terms as President. The provision of this article shall also apply to Vice-Presidents.
It is worth mentioning that parliamentary elections of Afghanistan were held in October where almost four million people cast their vote.
The Independent Election Commission so far has announced the preliminary results for few provinces and it is determined that IEC will soon announced results of parliamentary winners for Kabul. Over 2,500 candidates were in the October 20 parliamentary elections race, for 250 seats in the lower house of parliament. Kabul province has 33 seat reserved in parliament.
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