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[Published: Wednesday July 01 2009]

Sudan delays presidential ballot

Khartoum, 01 July-(ANA)-Sudan's presidential election has been postponed by two months and will now take place in April next year, the election commission has announced.

Officials said the postponement was due to a delay in completing a census.

Former rebels in the south are reported to be disputing the census results - crucial for preparing for the election.

Southern Sudanese say they make up one-third of Sudan's population, but census results suggest that they make up a much smaller proportion.

In a statement, the election commission said it had decided on "the modification of the previous timeframe" and that the election would take place between 5 and 12 April.

AFP news agency quoted a letter from the commission as saying the census was the reason for the delay. (ANA)

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