Afghanistan sets date for presidential election

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) has set 20 April 2019 as the date for the country's presidential election, TOLOnews reported on Tuesday, citing IEC sources.

Last week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani asked the Commission to schedule the elections during a meeting attended by the United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto, the European Union representative and the ambassadors of some countries in Kabul.

The IEC said the presidential vote will be held six months after the parliamentary and district council elections slated for October.

Previously, President Ghani offered the Taliban movement to participate in the parliamentary and local elections in order to stop the years-long conflict. Taliban, however, rejected the offer, stating that people have been "cheated" at the previous vote. The movement also urged to boycott the elections as the country is "occupied."

Source: International Islamic News Agency