Sudan: Govt. warns opposition against boycotting April 2015 elections

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has declared as illegal, the formation by the opposition of a body to sabotage elections in the country, saying that the opposition has no right to prevent people from voting.

The Presidential Assistant and Deputy Chairman of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour, told the Sudan news agency (SUNA) that the move by the opposition is a violation of the law, adding that the election is a natural exercise.

"The opposition forces have no right to block people from going to the polls to exercise their rights," Ghandour said.

The opposition civil society organizations are reported to have formed a league that will urge people to boycott the elections which are scheduled for April 2015.

Opposition parties, including the outspoken Popular Congress Party (PCP) of Islamist, headed by Dr. Hassan Turabi, and the Reform Now Movement, led by Dr. Ghazi Atabani, said they will take part in the government-sponsored national dialogue which is expected to discuss and find solutions to the country's political, security and economic crises, but have not said yet if they would take part in the elections.

The other opposition parties, including Sadiq Al-Mahdi's National Umma Party (NUP), the Sudanese Congress Party and the Sudanese Communist Party have declared that they would boycott the elections around which the NCP has managed to gather tens of small parties of the pro-government council of the national coalition parties.

Commenting on moves to persuade the international community and the regional organizations not to recognize the results of the forthcoming elections, Ghandour said what matters to them is recognition and participation in the elections by the Sudanese people.

"It is the people, rather than the foreign countries, who will grant the legitimacy of the polls," the Presidential assistant said.
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15 Janeiro 2015 15:28:43

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