Sudan: Chairman of elections commission pledges free, fair elections next April

Khartoum, Sudan  (PANA) - The Chairman of the Sudanese National Elections Commission (NEC), Prof. Mukhtar al-Asam, has declared that his organization has made all the necessary arrangements to organize free and fair elections in April next year.

Speaking on the state-run Radio Omdurman on Friday, Asam asserted that the NEC enjoyed administrative, financial and political independence and full impartiality and transparency.

"All arrangements have been made in order to allow the candidates and participants to verify the fairness of the presidential and legislative elections process and for this reason a committee of all the political parties has been formed to follow up the operation," said Asam.

He said the elections would not hinder the prospects of agreement by the Sudanese people in the national dialogue process, expected to be held in late November.

The NEC chief said, however, that the elections would be organized in compliance with a provision of the transitional constitution that stipulates that the exercise must be carried out in April next year.

Otherwise, he went on, the President, the parliament and the governors of the states would lose legitimacy.

Asam said the elections would cost about 800 million Sudanese pounds, adding that eligible voters have reached 13.3 million up from the 2010 figure of 11.6 million.
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