KHARTOUM, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Saturday rejected demands by some political parties to postpone the general elections, scheduled for April this year.
"There are some who call for postponement of the elections under several pretexts, but the elections will be held on its scheduled time," said al-Bashir when a dressing a people's gathering in Khartoum Saturday.
He called on the Sudanese political forces to resort to the voting boxes, saying that "the Darfur issue was a pretext for some to demand postponement of the elections, but after the signing of the framework agreement with the Justice and Equality Movement ( JEM), Darfur will live in full peace and great stability."
"Every body should let the Sudanese people decide through the voting boxes," he added.
Multi-party elections, the first of its kind since 1986, are scheduled to be held in Sudan on April this year. The elections have been stipulated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), inked between north and south Sudan in 2005, which ended a two- decade civil war between the two sides.