Chad elections delayed

2010-09-26 21:28

N'djamena - Chad's national election commission on Saturday pushed back its electoral calendar, delaying parliamentary and local elections to 2011 due to difficulties with preparations.

"Legislative elections are planned for February 20, local elections will take place on March 27 and the first round of the presidential election on May 8, 2011," said National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI).

Legislative elections in the central African country had been due at the end of November and local elections in December, with the presidential vote scheduled for April 2011.

A delay was widely expected following a meeting on September 14 between representatives of CENI, the government and political parties of all stripes.

There, it was agreed that there was too little time to prepare properly for the elections.

The early election dates "were almost impossible, given the constraints encountered throughout the (electoral) process" CENI President Ngarmadjal Gami told journalists.

Obvious manipulation

He cited delays in holding voter registration, in receiving equipment and the lack of staff to prepare voting lists, but said there was enough time to complete preparations by the new election dates.

Chad's main opposition coalition, the CPDC, threatened last month not to participate in the elections, accusing President Idriss Deby Itno's government of failing to meet democractic pledges.

The CPDC criticised the government's monopolisation of the state media and "the interference of officials at all levels in the electoral process on the one hand, and the overuse of means and assets of the state for electioneering."

The CPDC, which groups 20 parties including four in parliament, also highlighted "obvious manipulation" in the electoral commission.

Since Deby seized power in a 1990 coup, the results of Chad's elections have been consistently disputed by opposition parties and civil organisations.

The deal in 2007 between the CPDC and Deby's Patriotic Salvation Movement, which dominates parliament, was aimed at promoting stability in a country that has long been plagued by political violence.

Read more on:    idriss deby itno  |  chad  |  central africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
When is a mountain more than just a mountain? 2014-12-18 07:26

When it’s an adventure! A group of Old Mutual employees found out how much is enough courage, endurance and camaraderie to take on Africa's highest peak.

/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.