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Sudan official says election dates adjusted for expatriates

April 6, 2015

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s National Election Commission has adjusted its timetable for expatriate voting in presidential elections to April 17-19, while domestic voting will remain April 13-15.

Commission member Gen. Al-Hadi Mohamed Ahmed told official news agency SUNA that the adjustment was made to accommodate requests by expatriates to allow them to vote on the weekend.

According to a previously announced timetable, campaigning will last until this Friday, followed by a two-day break, while results are slated to be released on April 27.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has led the country for 25 years, will run despite earlier statements that he intended to step down.

Sudan’s main opposition parties have called for a boycott of the vote, saying al-Bashir and his party monopolize power and restrict civil liberties, making fair elections impossible.

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