SUDAN WATCH: Sudanese opposition party leaders meet on Dec 1 & 12 to decide on boycotting, participating or delaying elections

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sudanese opposition party leaders meet on Dec 1 & 12 to decide on boycotting, participating or delaying elections

From SRS - Sudan Radio Service, 30 November 2009:
(Khartoum) - Opposition party leaders will hold a meeting on December 12 to decide whether to boycott the general elections, scheduled for April 2010.

In September, an opposition party conference in Juba recommended that if the democratic transformation laws were not endorsed by November 30, they would boycott the elections. So far, there is little sign that GONU intends to examine the legislation before the deadline.

The spokesperson for the national opposition coalition, Farouk Abu Issa, spoke to SRS on Monday from Khartoum.

[Farouk Abu Issa]: “We didn’t say that we will boycott the elections by November 30, but people have proclaimed it as the scheduled day for boycotting. Since the National Elections Commission has extended the voter registration deadline for another week, we’ve decided to hold a meeting of opposition parties on December 1. It will take place at the Umma party headquarters to discuss the agenda for the meeting of the leaders, and we have agreed that a general meeting will take place on December 12. So tomorrow’s meeting will prepare the papers which will be presented to the leaders, together with the different scenarios regarding the elections, to decide whether we will be boycotting, participating or delaying.”

Farouk Abu Issa was speaking to Sudan Radio Service from Khartoum.

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