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Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf officially filed his nomination for Presidency with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday. Muhammad Ismail, the former Minister of Energy and Water; and Abdul Wahab Irfan, former Senator, filed their nomination for the post of First Vice-President and Second Vice-President, respectively.

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, the Speaker of the Lower House; and Fazel Hadi Muslimyar, the Senate Chairman, along with a large crowd of supporters accompanied Mr. Sayyaf to the IEC's office. TOLOnews reporter said that the crowd was chanting "Allah-u-Akbar" in support of Mr. Sayyaf's candidacy.

"I will be the Presidential candidate of those widows, whose husbands are dead. I will be the Presidential candidate of those mothers, who have lost their children. Upon winning, I will be serving these people," said Mr. Sayyaf.

Mr. Sayyaf while speaking to the reporters said that he will work toward bringing peace in the country and ensure that all the needs of the citizens are met. When asked about the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), Mr. Sayyaf said that if the current government fails to sign it, his government will ensure that the agreement is signed, after taking into account the citizens' opinions and views.

"Any decision with regard to the BSA, will be taken after consulting the citizens. Anything that is for the good of the people, we will do that," Mr. Sayyaf added.

"If we win the elections, we will try to enforce law, and bring peace and stability into Afghanistan," said Mr. Ismail.

Meanwhile, Fazil Karim Najmi and his two Vice-Presidents- Muhammad Saber Tamkeen and Susan Hajati also filed nomination for Presidency on Thursday.

So far, four Presidential candidates- Bismillah Sher, the leader of the Wefaq Millie Party (WMP); Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA); Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf; and Fazil Karim Najmi have submitted their nomination papers to contest the 2014 Presidential election.

Only three days remain for the nomination process to end, and news about more electoral "heavy weights" filing their nomination will be making news over the course of the next couple of days.

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