Afghanistan's president says he's ordering Afghan security forces to observe a cease-fire during the upcoming election day.

Afghanistan’s president says he’s ordering Afghan security forces to observe a cease-fire during the upcoming election day.

Hamid Karzai also demanded Taliban fighters not carry out violence during next Thursday’s vote.

Karzai made the comments during a regular radio address Thursday night.

He faces a field of around three dozen competitors for the presidency in the election.