Sudan: Electoral commission announces Sudan's next poll timetable

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's National Elections Commission (NEC) has formally announced a timetable for next April’s general elections despite opposition by major opposition political parties.

The NEC chair, Professor Mukhtar al-Aasam, announced the timetable Wednesday at a press conference saying the exercise would kick off 28 October 2014 with the opening and publishing of the electorate register.

This process, Asam said, would take more than two months till 31 December and will be followed by a week of tendering nominations.

Election campaigns are set to start from 13 February to 30 March 2015 and the vote casting will be on 2 April at 7,100 polling centres nationwide.

Asam did not say whether or not the elections would be held in the civil war-ravaged regions of Darfur, South Kordufan and Blue Nile.

Except for the small pro-government parties, almost all of the opposition parties, including the major National Umma Party, and even those which will take part in the government-sponsored national dialogue, have objected to holding the polls, arguing that the exercise should be withheld pending the outcome of the national dialogue.

President Omar Al Bashir who seized power in a bloodless coup d’etat in June 1989, and who was last time re-elected in 2010, has not taken a position whether to run in the coming elections or not.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) will decide whether the 70-year-old leader will be its candidate or not.
-0- PANA MO/AR 6Aug2014

06 أغسطس 2014 17:01:49

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