National Electoral Commission downplays SPLM rejection of census

9 May, 2009 (Miraya FM)

The National Electoral Commission has downplayed the SPLM rejection and concern of the 5th population census results, and the impact that may have on the elections process.

The member of the Commission, Mukhtar Al Asam, told Miraya FM that the number of southerners in the North or all Sudan has no impact on the number of geographical constituencies.

Reacting to SPLM's concern on the increased population of South Darfur State, Al Asam said that special procedures are made in the registration of nomads in South Darfur.

He pointed that the Commission will commence preparations for the elections process, calling all political forces to participate in the upcoming elections battle.

Earlier, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement has rejected the 5th population census results, after claiming they have been modified for political reasons.

It also said that the number of southerners in the national Capital, Khartoum is less than expected, while the population of south Darfur is above expectation. Still, the SPLM reaffirmed its participation in the upcoming elections.


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