Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese government has denied reports that Preside nt Omer El-Bashir was planning to postpone the 2011 referendum on the independen c e of the oil-rich Southern Sudan region.
Chairman of the Commission for the Referendum, Prof.
Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, den ied the reports, circulated by some international mass media, which said the Com m ission for the Referendum had called on the Presidency to postpone the referendu m process, according to a statement by the Sudanese government.
"The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the Constitution stipulate that the referendum shall be conducted on 9 January, 2011, Prof.
Khalil said in a press s tatement.
He said the postponement of the referendum was a political issue, while the miss ion of the Commission for the Referendum was a legal and constitutional one in a c cordance with the CPA, the Constitution and the Referendum Act.
He said that the Commission for the Referendum had forwarded a memo to the Presi dency through which the commission called for more support to enable the commiss i on to perform its task properly.
He said that the Commission would commence work next week from its headquarters in Riyadh quarter in Khartoum, which is near the premises of the National Electi o ns Commission Prof.
Khalil pointed out that the Commission for the Referendum had made wide st rides in forming the higher referendum committees in the southern states, adding that the commission was currently engaged in working out the budgets for holding the referendum process.
He disclosed that the Commission had signed agreements with the United Nations, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the USAID for providing technical and lo g istic support for holding the referendum