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President Ghani, CE Abdullah Register Names to Race for July Presidential Elections

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Monday January 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday officially registered to run for reelection in the July polls, with former acting minister of interior Amrullah Saleh and Second-Vice President Sarwar Danesh as his running mates. In this electoral ticket, Saleh will run as first deputy presidential and Danesh the sitting vice president as second deputy presidential candidate.
Peace, good governance, maintaining international relations based on national interests and reforms were among the priorities which President Ghani vowed that his team would strive for. The President also instructed the national security forces to step up efforts to provide security to the presidential candidates.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also registered his candidacy in the July 20 elections on Sunday. Dr. Abdullah, to run for president together with Enayat Babur Farahmand, the chief of staff of the First Vice-President’s office and Asadullah Saadati as his first and second deputies respectively. Addressing media, Dr. Abdullah said his team’s main goal would be to ensure citizen’s rights and to serve them. He said the upcoming presidential elections would be held in a crucial time, adding election campaign shouldn’t be a ground for spreading disunity and brining chaos to the country. This comes as 17 candidates have registered their names for the presidential elections, including Hakim Tosan, Latif Pedram, Faramarz Tamana, Enayatullah Hafiz, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Noorul Haq Olumi, Zalmai Rasool, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Ahmad Wali Massoud, Mohammad Shahab Hakimi, Sayed Noorullah Jalili, Rahmatullah Nabil, Mohammad Ibrahim Alokozai, Noor Rahman Liwal, Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Abdulla Abdullah and Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The aforesaid candidates vowed to prioritize peace and stability and to fight corruption. According to IEC, the candidate registration process ended yesterday and there is no plan to extend this process. A presidential candidate should be a Muslim, Afghan citizen, having completed the age of 40 and should present 100,000 supporters and pay a million Afghanis to the commission based on the electoral law.

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