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Sudan Declares April 15 Electoral Public Holiday

Source: Al Jazeera (Nairobi)
Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Updated: Saturday, January 8, 2011


The Secretariat-General of the Council of Ministers of the government of Sudan has declared a one-off electoral public holiday, tomorrow, Thursday, April 15, 2010, to get the maximum number of people to vote in the current elections.

The announcement follows yesterday's announcement by the secretary-general of the Sudanese National Elections Commission (NEC), Jalal Mohamed Ahmed, that there would be a two-day extension to the electoral process, throughout the whole country, and that the polls would therefore close on Thursday, April 15, 2010.

In 2008, Sudan's Secretariat of the Council of Ministers had declared Tuesday, April 15, 2008, an official public holiday throughout Sudan (2008-04-11) to coincide with the fifth Sudan Population and Housing Census, a prerequisite for the current elections, and last year (2009-11-11), Sudanese civil servants were given a one-day public holiday on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, to enable government officials to mobilize for voter registration.



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