List of candidates in the Afghan presidential election, 2009

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Forty-four candidates were registered for the 2009 Afghan presidential election when the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) announced its official preliminary list of candidates on May 17, 2009. Three candidates withdrew from the race before the election took place, having thrown their support behind one of the top two contenders. Forty-one names appeared on the ballot paper for the vote, although a few more had by then announced through the media that they had dropped out.[1][2][3][4]

List of presidential candidates[edit]

The candidates participating in the Afghan presidential election on August 20, 2009 were:[5][6]

Name Preliminary
voting
results
[7]
notes
Abdul Hasib Arian 2027
  • A senior police official.[8]
  • One of three candidates, beside incumbent Hamid Karzai, who ran for President in 2004.[9]
Abdul Jabar Sabit 2560
Abdul Latif Pedram 7311
  • One of three candidates, beside incumbent Hamid Karzai, who ran for President in 2004.[9]
  • Leader of the National Congress Party of Afghanistan.[9]
  • An ethnic Tajik.[10]
Abdul Majid Samim 998
  • Withdrew from the election, and asked his supporters to vote for Hamid Karzai.[11][12]
Alhaj Abdul Ghafor Zori 4955
  • Served as chief of finance for Nimroz Province from 1976-1978 and 2001-2003.[13]
Alhaj Shah Mahmood Popal
  • Withdrew his candidacy prior to the election.[6][12]
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai 48375
Bashir Ahmad Bizhan 1272
Baz Mohammad Kofi
Bismillah Shir 2179
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah 638924
Dr. Frozan Fana 8159
  • One of two female candidates in the 2009 election.
Dr. Ghulam Faroq Nijrabi 2240
  • One of three candidates, beside incumbent Hamid Karzai, who ran for President in 2004.[9]
  • An ethnic Tajik, head of Afghanistan’s Independent Party.[10]
Dr. Habib Mangal 7339
Dr. Mohammed Nasir Anis
  • Withdrew his candidacy prior to the election.[6][12] || ||
Engineer Moin-ul-din Ulfati 1645
Gul Ahmmad Yama 1434
  • Prior to his candidacy Yama had been a scholar in literature.[18]
Haji Hasan Ali Sultani
  • Withdrew his candidacy prior to the election.[6][12]
Hajji Rahim Jan Shinzad 3118
Hamed Karzai 940558
Hidayat Amin Arsala 1067
Mahbob-U-lah Koshani 5755
Mawlana Abdul Qadir İmami Ghori
Mawlawi Mohammad Sayed Hashimi
  • Threw his support to Hamid Karzai in lat July.[6][15]
Mirwais Yasini 23059
  • Currently speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Afghan's national legislature.[20]
Mohammad Akbar Oria 1353
Mohammad Hakim Torsan
  • Withdrew his candidacy prior to the election.[6][12]
Mohammad Hashim Tawfiqi 2406
Mohammad Sarwar Ahmadzai 4028
Mohammad Yasin Safi
  • Withdrew his candidacy prior to the election.[6][12]
Motasim Billah Mazhabi 18248
Mullah Abdul Salam Rakity 8250
  • Famous for shooting down a Soviet helicopter with rocket propelled grenade during the Soviet occupation.
  • Taliban field commander.
  • Elected to the National assembly.
Mullah Ghulam Mohammad Rigi 2240
Nasrullah Baryalai Arsalai
Ramazan Bashardost 277404
Sangin Mohammad Rahmani 1138
Sayed Jalal Karim 5572
Shahla Ata 4356
  • One of two female candidates in the 2009 election.
Shahnawaz Tanai 13512
Zabih-U-llah Ghazi Noristani 1516
Zia-ul-haq Hafizi 724

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Afghanistan2009 Presidential and Provincial Council Elections Kit
  2. ^ http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/6659282.html
  3. ^ Candidates take campaigns across Afghanistan
  4. ^ Babak Khalatbari, Sebastien König (June 2009). "June 2009" (PDF). Parliamentary Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  5. ^ "Afghanistan présidentielle". Election Politique. 2009-08-20. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Afghan elections: Another turning point". Today's Zaman. Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  7. ^ "Preliminary Result of Afghanistan Presidential Contest". Sabawoon online. 2009-08-20. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. 
  8. ^ Adnan R. Khan, Nicholas Kohler (2007-06-11). "A 'Canadian spy': Afghan authorities claim a Calgary man in a Kabul jail is part of a larger network backing the insurgency". Macleans magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. Reports that Qureshi was picked up while exiting a bus from Pakistan, for example, have proven false. Instead, according to Abdul Hasib Arian, the commanding officer at Kabul's 9th Police District headquarters where Qureshi was first brought in for questioning, the arrest was made between 9 and 10 p.m. while Qureshi was sitting in a taxi on a stretch of the Bagram Road on the southeastern outskirts of Kabul. 
  9. ^ a b c d Abbas Ali (2009-08-20). "Comparison of Afghan presidential elections of 2004 and 2009". e-Ariana. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. There are four candidates of 2004 who are re-running for presidency in 2009. They are incumbent President Karzai, Abdul Latif Pedram of National Congress Party, Ghulam Farooq Nejrabi of Independence Party and Abdul Hasib Arian, an independent candidate. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Ahmad Majidyar (January 2009). "Afghanistan's Presidential Election" (PDF). American Enterprise Institute. Archived from the original on 2009-09-18. 
  11. ^ a b "Another Afghan presidential hopeful withdraws in favor of incumbent Karzai". Xinhua. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "4 presidential candidates withdraw in Karzai's favor". Afghanistan Times. 2009-08-17. Archived from the original on 2009-08-30. 
  13. ^ "Contender Biographies - Abdul Ghafoor Zori's Biography". Pajhwok Afghan News. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  14. ^ a b "Contender Biographies - Bashir Ahmad Bezan". Pajhwok Afghan News. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  15. ^ a b c "A Second Candidate Withdraws in Karzai's Favor". quqnoos. 2009-07-29. Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. 
  16. ^ "Afghan presidential candidate quits". Xinhua. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Contender Biographies - Mahbob-U-lah Koshani's Biography". Pajhwok Afghan News. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  18. ^ "Contender Biographies - Gul Ahmmad Yama's Biography". Pajhwok Afghan News. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  19. ^ a b "Weekly Electoral: For period 11 - 17 August 2009" (PDF). UN ELECTORAL ASSISTANCE TEAM. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2010-06-10. This week Abdul Qader Imami Ghori announced his withdrawal and urged his supporters to vote for Sayed Jalal Karim.  line feed character in |quote= at position 87 (help)
  20. ^ "August polls: Yasini to run as presidential candidate". Kabultec. 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2012-04-15. Leader of the Afghanistan's Parliamentary Party, Mirwais Yasini, the first deputy speaker of the Lower House, has formally announced his intention to field himself as candidate for the president's office in the August 20 presidential polls.  mirror

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