Title: (780,000) citizens registered for the elections until now: elections body
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 11-10-2014, 02:14 PM
Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-The National Elections Commission (NEC) has disclosed that more than (780,000) citizens have registered for the elections for the first time until now, at the time the NEC confirmed that the registration process go ahead smoothly.
The head of NEC Registry Office, Al-Hadi Mohammed Ahmed, told the state-run Sudanese Media Center (SMC) on Sunday that the Commission receives daily reports from the higher committees in the states on the registration process, stressing that the centers are still receiving citizens, adding that the number of registrants in the 2010 elections amounted (11) million and (600,000) citizens, pointing that these figures are subject to addition, deletion, or appeal.
Sudan’s general elections are set to be held in April 2015 but opposition parties threatened to boycott it saying that ruling National Congress party (NCP) holds absolute control over power and refuse to make any compromise to end the civil war and allow public liberties.
NEC had previously said it received requests from political parties last April to delay elections.
The NEC chief, Mukhtar al-Asam, said they received requests for postponing elections from the PCP and the National Umma Party led by, al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, due to financial difficulties and the country’s present circumstances.
He said the NEC agreed with these political parties on the possibility for postponing elections until improving their financial position.
However, after conflicting statements from government officials, the president al-Bashir emphasized that there will be no postponement for next year’s elections and even berated NCP officials who suggested otherwise.