Council of Ministers allocates its periodic meeting to deliberate on the draft election law for the year 2018
The Council of Ministers held a meeting on Thursday, June 7, 2018 chaired by the First Vice President of the Republic, Prime Minister, ( psc) Bakri Hassan Saleh. The Council devoted its meeting today to deliberating the draft law for the elections of 2018 presented by the Minister of State, of justice Mrs. Nemat Elhwires The law affirms the government's commitment to enforcing the outputs of the national dialogue. In accordance with the constitutional amendments made during the years 2016-2017, the draft law included provisions for the first time adopted the civil registry in determining the number of electoral seats.
The law guarantees that the Commission has a legal personality and financial, administrative and technical independence to exercise its competences. The law stipulates that the member of the Commission must be a Sudanese citizen who is known for his independence, competence, non-partisan membership and impartiality, not less than thirty-five years of age, be a sound mind, a university degree has not been convicted of a crime of honor or honesty.
The law defined the eligibility of the voter to be a Sudanese citizen aged eighteen years, restricted in the electoral register, and sound mind.
The law specifies the number of members of the National Council with 300 elected members as follows:
Fifty percent are elected to represent geographical constituencies, 30 percent of Women are elected on the basis of proportional representation, 20 percent are elected on the basis of proportional representation. While the Council of States consists of three representatives of each State elected by members of the State Legislature.
The law defined the procedures for candidacy for the post of President of the Republic, for the membership of the Legislative Council and the Legislative Councils, for supporting the nomination, for withdrawing the candidature, appeals and eligibility for nomination. The law regulates the rights and duties of candidates and political parties during the electoral campaign, electoral campaign controls, funding of the electoral campaign and sources of funding, and the reasons for invalidation of the election. The law defined all forms of corrupt and illegal practices and electoral irregularities and defined penalties as well.
The members of the Council of Ministers and the Ministers of State who participated in the meeting stressed the importance of the law as the expression of the implementation of the outputs of the national dialogue and emerged through the deliberation of many important points. It is therefore important that the election commission members be chosen by consensus. and stressing the importance of taking into account that election officers are appointed from people who do not belong to them and to consider the elections in one day
And the review of the electoral college to select the governor in the case of not directly elected from the citizens and the emphasis on the importance of proportional representation in the membership of the National Council and the legislative councils and the reliance on the electoral register in the identification of voters and the importance of determining the geographical constituencies clearly take into account the limits of mandates and review the percentage eligible for parties and identified by 4% The General Staff is required to resign when he is nominated for executive and legislative positions and to accommodate the status of the regular forces and the nominees to participate in the elections.
The Council of Ministers decided to form a committee headed by Prince Ahmed Saad Omar, Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the membership of a number of ministers to accommodate the remarks made by members of the Council.