Afghanistan Sets Date for Presidential Election

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan election officials say the country has set a date for its next presidential election.

The country's Independent Election Commission said in a statement Tuesday that the election will be held April 5, 2014. The date was given, according to the Islamic calendar, as “Hamal 16, 1393.”

President Hamid Karzai is serving his second term and is constitutionally barred from running for re-election.

The upcoming vote is seen as a test of Afghanistan's young democracy, after the 2009 election was marred by allegations of voter fraud.