Voters across Afghanistan will go to the polls April 5th in an election that should pave the way for the nation’s first-ever peaceful, democratic transfer of power. The constitution bans Afghan President Hamid Karzai from seeking a third term, but the election comes amid a raging insurgency and uncertainty over whether U.S. and NATO troops will stay in the country after 2014. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
More than 60 percent of Afghanistan's population is under the age of 25, making the youth in the country a powerful voting and political block. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Kabul that presidential candidates have been actively courting young people.