KABUL, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- A two-month campaign started Sunday in Afghanistan for the upcoming presidential election slated for April 5 while insecurity and unfriendly weather in part of the mountainous country remained the main challenges for the event.
"The presidential candidates political campaign officially started Sunday Feb. 2 and will close on April 2 or 48 hours before the Election Day," an official of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) told Xinhua.
She said the IEC will release a statement later Sunday.
Afghanistan's third presidential and provincial council general election is slated for April 5 this year. Eleven candidates had registered their names to contest for the race.
On Saturday evening, two campaign workers of a presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, were killed in an attack in Herat, a key city in western Afghanistan.
The victim were members of National Coalition Party led by Abdullah and the attack appeared to be the second pre-election violence in the war-torn country.
On Jan. 24, Mohammad Ismahil Khan, who stands as the vice president of presidential candidate Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, survived a suicide bombing in Herat city.
The provincial candidates electoral campaign will begin on March 4 and will end on April 2, according to the electoral timeline, the IEC official said.
The IEC has called on political organizations and parties to respect the rules of publicity and undertake their activities with respect for other candidates and the people of Afghanistan. Based on Afghan election laws, the candidates must not spend more than 10 million afghani (175,400 U.S. dollars) during the two-month race.