Those eligible include a number of former ministers in the administration of outgoing president Hamid Karzai, Khaama Press reported Tuesday
Also eligible are former Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, Hedayat Amin Arsala, the senior minister to Karzai; former Foreign Affairs Minister Zalmai Rassoul and former Gov. Gul Agha Sherzai.
The commission did not specify why the other 16 candidates did not qualify.
Some 2,395 candidates were found eligible to run in provincial council elections after 661 candidates were removed from the initial list, the commission said.