Sudanese appeal against referendum registration procedures   2010-12-12 23:14:52 FeedbackPrintRSS

KHARTOUM, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese lawyers on Sunday filed a constitutional appeal to the Sudanese constitutional court, protesting what they described as "legal violations" in the voter registration process of south Sudan referendum slated for Jan. 9, 2011.

"We have handed an appeal to the constitutional court on legal violations that accompanied the registration process as well as a violation of the timetable of the referendum procedures set by the referendum act," Ismail Hassan Haj Ahmed, a Sudanese lawyer, told reporters here.

"We represent ordinary citizens who believe that their constitutional rights have been violated. The constitutional court can decide whether to look into this appeal or reject it," he added.

The constitutional appeal has been filed amid mounting debates over the procedures of the voter registration process between Nov. 15 and Dec. 8.

The voter registration process resulted in registration of around three million southern Sudanese voters, about 115,000 in north Sudan and nearly 500,000 in eight overseas countries.

A referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan is scheduled to be conducted on Jan. 9, 2011, as it was stipulated in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) inked between north and south Sudan in 2005, which ended a two-decade civil war between the two sides.

Editor: yan
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