In the Afghan parliamentary elections 2018, which was held on October 20, many of the current parliamentary representatives run for another term, but, contrary to popular belief, a number of them did not win votes in the preliminary results.
Reporterly in this report attempts to introduce six of the most prominent candidates.
Abdul Latif Pedram
Abdul Latif Pedram is a famous politician, writer, poet, journalist, leader of the National Congress Party of Afghanistan and a member of the Afghan lower house of parliament representing Badakhshan province.
He was born in Darwas district of Badakhshan province in Afghanistan in 1970 and has a master’s degree in Islamic studies from the Sorbonne University, Paris. He studied Persian literature at the Universities of Kabul and Tehran. Pedram also served as the director of the Hakim Naser Khisraw Library and Cultural Center. In the years of the war against the Soviet forces in its country, he fought on the cultural front of the resistance.
Mr. Pedram is the leader of a political party (the National Congress Party of Afghanistan), and he has twice been a presidential candidate, believing that Afghanistan has suffered from national crisis and sees federalism as the solution. He is also a vocal critic of the current administration in Kabul and is viewed highly as a Tajik nationalist.
He is currently representing Badakhshan in Wolesi Jirga and is a member of the Commission on Central Audit, General Accounts and Oversight for Law Implementation.
Humayon Humayon is a politician and first deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga.
Humayon was born 1974, in Khost Province. He finished his primary education at Nazo Ana High School in Kabul province and completed his twelfth class certificate in Russia.
Mr. Homayoun, in 16th legislative term, came to the parliament as a representative of Khost people and was chairman of the Commission on Defense Affairs and Territorial Integrity, and twice was was elected as the first deputy speaker of the House of Representatives for the last two years. He has been controversial and has criticized President Ghani’s administration on a number of issues particularly corruption.
Mohammad Akbari, known as Ustad Akbari, is an Afghan Jihadi commander, politician and representative of Bamiyan people in Wolesi Jirga.
Mohammad Akbari completed his elementary religious studies at local religious schools in Panjab and Waras districts and his higher religious education in Qom and Najaf. In 1980 he was a Mujahideen leader from Bamian, a prominent Shia leader in Afghanistan and one of the founders of Hizb-e-Wahdat Islami party.
He is a member of the High Peace Council, the Council of Shia Ulema, and the Afghanistan Unity Council, which was established in 2005. Akbari has also been a member of the Afghanistan Islamic Brotherhood Council (Shura-e-Ukhowat Islami Afghanistan) since 2004.
Akbari was elected to parliament in 2005 with 24,475 votes – the highest vote-count in the province and one of the highest across the country – winning one of the four seats for Bamyan. He has been the representative of the Bamiyan people in the House of Representatives in 16th term as member of Commission on Nomads, Refugees and Social Affairs, Labor, Disabled, Martyrs’ and Widows Survivors
Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj
Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj is a politician, spokesperson for Gen. Dostum’s led Junbesh-e Islami party and representative of Faryab Province in the Afghan Parliament.
Mr. Tahyanj, was born in Andkhoi district, Faryab province, in 1974. He completed his secondary education at Abdu Muslim Andkhoi High School in the Andkhoi district of Faryab in 1991. He got his bachelor’s degree in Literature from Balkh University in 1995.
Previously, he was the Editor-in-Chief of monthly Uzbek publication “Yeshel Yepragh” (Green Page) (2006-2007), and he was also a member of the Provincial Council of Faryab province (4years). During this time, he held the post of Deputy head of the Council for two years. He also worked at deputy Office of Administrative Affairs and Council of Ministers Secretariat with the Presidential Office.
Mr. Tahyanj has served a member of the Commission on Central Audit, General Accounts and Oversight for Law Implementation.
Sadiqi Zada Nili
Nasrallah Sadeghizadeh Nili is a politician and representative of the Daikundi people in the House of Representatives.
Nasrullah Sadiqi Zada Nili is the son of Mohammad Hussain Sadiqi Nili, and was born 1966 in Kajran District, Daikundi Province. Nili holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Sciences. He is the son of a very famous commander Sadiqi Nili who was assassinated in 1990s by an unknown gunman.
Nili was jihadi commander in charge of Nili district administration in the Mujahideen years. He was a member of the former Hezb-e-Wahdat Islami Afghanistan (when it was a single, unified party) and was active in the war against the Taliban.
Nili participated in the Emergency Loya Jirga in 2002 and the Constitutional Loya Jirga in 2003. He then became Deputy Governor of Daikundi province, before standing for election to parliament in 2005.
He has represented the people of Daikundi province in the fifteenth and sixteenth terms of the House of Representatives. He bagged most votes in Wolesi Jirga Election 2005. In the 16th term, he serves as a member of Commission on Financial, Budget and Banks Affairs.