Officials: 11 candidates will run in the Afghan presidential race
The Afghan Election Commission announced Wednesday that a candidate who was earlier disqualified has been reinstated and is to join 10 other competitors to form the final list for next year's presidential elections, dpa reported.
"Mohammad Dawood Sultanzoy was disqualified in the first announcement because the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had some misunderstandings about his dual citizenship," Abdul Rahman Hotak, the deputy head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said.
"But after the re-assessment of his documents, he has been added to the presidential candidates' list."
The presidential and provincial council elections are slated for April 5, 2014.
The presidential candidates will start campaigns on February 2, according to the commission.
The 11 candidates will compete to succeed the incumbent president, Hamid Karzai, who is constitutionally barred from running for a third term.
The list include several powerful figures including Karzai's own brother, a former foreign minister, a former finance minister, and a jihadi leader.
What would have been the list's only female candidate was disqualified for not preparing all the documents required by the IEC, officials said.