Sudan elections: High numbers apply to run for various posts

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The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has said that it has very many people who have come up to stand for various posts in the presidential and general elections to be held in Sudan next year.

SPLM has expressed its contentment over the development indicating that they will have a big number from which to select those to stand on the party’s ticket at various levels.

“We have received more than one thousand applications for the party’s candidacy for the 2010 forthcoming elections. That is a good development. We are happy that many people are coming up to stand for various positions in [the] elections.” SPLM elections committee chairman, James Wani Igga said.

SPLM, according to him, has completed its preparations for receiving the applications, whilst indicating that the deadline for applications will be on the fifth of January 2010 when the committee will also submit the applicants’ names to the party’s political office.

Igga revealed that SPLM will continue with its alliance with Juba Declaration parties to contest in the coming elections. “SPLM is ready to ally with any party providing that they believe in the basics of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and democratic transformation in the country,” he said.

Elections will be held in southern Sudan and the whole of Sudan this year for the first time since the Comprehensive agreement was signed in 2005.

The agreement was signed between SPLM and Khartoum government to bring to an end over twenty years of war between the two parties.

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