Elections in South Kordofan postponed until another census is conducted
22 February 2010 (Miraya FM)
Elections in South Kordofan State have been postponed until a new population census is conducted to address a boycott of the State's general elections by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). The decision was made after a Presidency council meeting. The Presidency has also increased the number of seats for Southern Sudan in the national assembly by 40 and allocated 2 contestable seats for Abyei.
Minister for Presidential Affairs in the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) Luka Biyong said the national assembly must now convene to amend the changes to the electoral law.
He added the resolutions will contribute positively to attain sound electoral processes and reflects the good partnership between the SPLM and the NCP.
SPLM electoral candidates in South Kordofan State pulled out, in all levels, from contesting the elections to protest the 5th Southern census which many have disputed.
In response to South Kordofan's reactions, the National Elections Commission (NEC) gave 10 seats to South Kordofan at the national constituencies and left the local seats for the State's high electoral committee to distribute according to population census.
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