Sudan: Electoral body spells out guidelines for election

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced it will start receiving, from next week, candidacy forms from persons interested in contesting Sudan’s presidential and legislative elections scheduled for April.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, NEC said the forms would be received in Khartoum's Friendship Hall 11-17 Jan.

It said the application forms should be accompanied by nationality, birth and education certificates, in addition to a written declaration of personal property.

Each candidate, it said, has to produce a list of 15,000 eligible voters from at least 15 of the country's 18 states seconding his candidacy, provided each list is signed by the respective state Election Commission Chair.

It added that each presidential candidate has to deposit 10,000 Sudanese pounds (about US$2,000 US) and each legislative candidate 100 Sudanese pounds (about US$20).

The elections are due in April, with opposition and armed groups boycotting despite repeated assurances from the government that the elections will be free and fair.

The opposition has called for the election to be postponed to allow for more preparations, but the government argues that such postponement will push the country into a constitutional vacuum.

Sudan last held election in 2010, which was largely won by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), and its candidate, Omar Al Bashir, who is expected to stand again.
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04 janvier 2015 16:54:49

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