Home | News    Monday 6 June 2005

Chadians begin voting on constitutional revision


N’DJAMENA, June 6 (AFP) — Polling stations in Chad opened Monday morning for a referendum on a constitutional change which would permit incumbent President Idriss Deby to stand for a currently-barred third term in 2006.

The first stations in Chad’s still-dozing capital opened at 7:00 am time (0600 GMT) according to local AFP journalists. Numbering more than 10,800 across the sparsely-populated country, they are to remain open until 6:00 pm(1700 GMT).

More than 5.3 million Chadians are eligible to vote on the constitutional revision bill adopted in May 2004 by the country’s national assembly, but 26 opposition parties have called for a boycott, making the turnout uncertain.

The current constitution, dating from 1996, limits presidential office to two terms. The change would remove this limit completely.

The opposiiton parties argue that the ballot is a "masquerade" solely designed to "turn the country into a monarchy."

Deby, a former guerrilla leader who first came to power in a coup in December 1990, six years later won Chad’s first multi-party presidential election since the country gained independence from France in 1960.

He was re-elected in 2001, and survived an attempted coup last year.

The 53 year-old Chadian leader was weakened in the coup, and faces a precarious security situation in the east of the country, which has become home to 200,000 refugees from neighbouring Sudan’s ravaged Darfur region.

Deby denies charges that he wants to be president for life and is grooming his son to succeed him.

Chad’s semi-official electoral commission is expected to release the referendum’s results within two weeks.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan’s Peace: putting the cart before the Horse 2020-01-12 18:35:24 Putting Peace in the rear after the Sudanese Revolution is Akin to putting the cart before the Horse By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the backdrop of the indifference and the (...)

Environmental effects of oil spills in South Sudan’s Unity (2-2) 2020-01-09 06:35:08 By Peter Reat Gatkuoth When pipelines are built, regulated, controlled and maintained as necessary by international and national legislation, they can be safe environmentally according to (...)

Environmental effects of oil spills in South Sudan’s Unity (1-2) 2020-01-08 12:54:09 By Peter Reat Gatkuoth “Environment is one of the facets of life that requires utmost attention. The relationship between man (human being) and the environment is one that is reciprocal in a (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.