The Sudanese Embassy in Ghana has appealed to Ghanaians to pray for the North African country as they hold their general election this week.
A statement signed by Hajj Abdel-Mañana Abdel-Rahaman, Public Relations and Marketing Consultant of the Embassy and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said Sudan would hold Presidential and Legislative elections from April 13th to April 15th 2015.
The statement said Observer missions namely, the African Union, Arab League, Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa (IGAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and many others are taking part in observing the election.
It added that the African Union observer mission is being led by Former President of Nigeria, General Olusengu Obasanjo.
Sixteen Candidates, including the incumbent President, His Excellency Omar Hassan Al-Bashir would be contesting this elections, the first election after part of the country was cut off to form an independent South Sudan.
Six candidates would be contesting under their party tickets, while ten candidates are Independent.
The Incumbent President, Omar Al-Bashir of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) is widely expected to win the presidency race, as he is supported by more than ten other political parties, who are contesting the parliamentary elections.
The government of the Republic of Sudan has put in place the necessary infrastructure, logistics and laws that would facilitate the work of the Independent National Electoral Commission, and to ensure free and fair elections.
The Republic of Sudan, which has seventeen Federal states, with a population of thirty five million, has thirteen million registered voters, who are expected to cast their ballot in this election.
The political parties contesting this election include the ruling party, the National Congress Party (NCP), the National Unionist Party–(NUP- original), National Unionist Party (NUP), Democratic Socialist Union (DSU) and fourteen other political parties, including former Darfur Rebel movements which turned into a political party.
Since Independence, four political parties have governed Sudan, they are the National Unionist Party, Democratic Socialist Union, National Congress Party and Ummah party whose main faction is boycotting this election.
Under the Sudan electoral system, women are assured of at least 25 per cent of the new parliamentary seat.
Besides, women can also run for other constituencies.
The only lady contesting in this election is the presidential candidate for the Democratic Socialist Union, which happens to be her second attempt to the Presidency. GNA