Sudanese electoral body calls for nomination forms from poll candidates

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sudan's National Election Commission (NEC) has sa id candidates for the presidential and parliamentary polls in April must submit t heir nomination forms between 12-22 January, 2010, according to a Sudanese embas s y briefing obtained here Monday.
Sudan's President Omer El-Bashir, of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), a nd Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the semi-autonomous regional Government of Southern Sudan, are expected to run in the elections.
NEC announced that the nomination forms must be submitted following the completi on of the voters' registration process.
Addressing a press conference in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, the NEC Chairma n, Abil Alier, praised the Sudanese media for playing a constructive role in the coverage of the pre-election period.
Alier praised the role being played by the media to make a success of the electi ons process, and called for continuity in their coverage.
During the elections, candidates will run for the positions of President of the Republic, the President of the Government of South Sudan and Governors of the St a tes.
Sudan has been treading a fragile path to peace, with an agreement still to be r eached to bring on board the Darfur region.
Mediators have been trying to get rebel groups in Darfur to commit to the peace process ahead of the April presidential polls.
Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, leading a high-level Panel on Darfu r, has warned the Sudan against excluding Darfur from the electoral process, say i ng this would confirm that the region is indeed a marginalized zone in the vast o il-rich nation.

28 december 2009 15:11:00

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