Sudan official says election dates adjusted for expatriates
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.