November 22, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese National Elections Commission (NEC) announced a six day delay to the elections in order to allow more time for voters to register amid widespread criticism on the process.
Sudan state media carried a statement by the NEC saying that the voter registration deadline was extended till December 7th instead of November 30th and the elections date was moved up to April 11th 2010 instead of April 5th 2010.
The NEC said it considered in a meeting today “the observation of political parties and the impact on the current timeframe and the difficulties that led to the delay in the registration in some parts of Sudan it decided to extend the registration period”.
The commission added that this decision is aimed at pushing the people to register and for political powers and NGO’s to play a role of encouragement to the citizens.
In the last few weeks, opposition parties have called for extending the registration period and the NEC has promised to look into it.
This is the third delay in elections which was originally scheduled to be held by July 2009.