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Sudan: Parliament Passes Law on Elections

(July 2, 2008) On July 1, 2008, Sudan's National Assembly passed a draft law on general elections. The bill had been recommended by the Committee on Legislation and Justice. It establishes a mixed electoral system, involving both majority rule and proportional representation, and it sets a standard for the rate of participation by women. Sixty percent of seats will be filled in geographical constituencies, 25 percent will be reserved for women, and 15 percent will be elected based on proportional representation and will be open to both men and women. In addition, expatriates will be permitted to vote in presidential elections and national referenda. (Sudanese Parliament Passes Bill of Draft Law on General Election, SUDAN TRIBUNE (Paris), July 1, 2008, Open Source Center No. AFP20080703562011.)

A national board of elections will be established and given the task of administering elections, including the authority to determine geographical constituencies and to investigate complaints of election irregularities and fraud. Sudan is scheduled to hold both presidential and parliamentary elections before July 2009. (Id.)