Voter registration process has begun across the country on Saturday as per officials from the Independent Election Commission confirmed.
The registration process is taking place for the upcoming presidential elections which are due to take place in the month of September. The date was finalised after two postponements.
The candidates include: incumbent Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, and former national security adviser, Muhammad Hanif Atmar.
Almost half of these 18 candidates had run in at least one previous presidential election. Apart from the incumbent (who had run unsuccessfully in 2009) and the 2009 and 2014 runner-up Chief Executive Abdullah, there are: Zalmai Rassul (2014), Latif Pedram (2005), and Hakim Tursan.