Chad to hold legislative elections in November 2010

14:08, January 10, 2010      

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Chad will hold the legislative and local council elections respectively on Nov. 28 and Dec. 12, according to reports reaching here Friday from the Chadian capital N'Djamena.

The polls will be followed by the first round of the presidential elections set on April 23, 2011, the president of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Ngarmadjal Gami, said in a statement.

The three elections will be preceded by voter registration from March 21 to May 9. But the CENI chief said financial, material and human resource support is needed to push ahead with the planned elections.

"We are making an appeal to financial donors, government and all well wishers to help mobilize resources within good time for the exercise," he declared, without elaborating on the money needed for the elections.

The election timetable was unveiled after a meeting between Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno and leaders of opposition parties in N'Djamena in December.

It will be the fourth popular presidential elections to be organized in Chad since Deby came to power after a coup in 1990.

The last legislative election was held in 2002. In 2006 the vote failed to take place following the 2005 constitutional referendum. After the signing of a political accord between Deby's Patriotic Movement and opposition parties, the mandate of members of parliament elected in 2002 was extended.

The 2005 constitutional revision allows Deby to vie again for the presidency after the removal of a two-term limit.

Source: Xinhua
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