|[Published: Thursday September 11 2008]
Rain could delay Sudan election
Khartoum , 12 Sept-(ANA)- A minister in South Sudan's governmenthas said nationwide elections due by July 2009 could be delayed by at least sixmonths.
Minister forPresidential Affairs Luka Biong said torrential rain and a series of logisticalproblems could make it difficult to vote as scheduled.
The polls,agreed on in a 2005 peace deal, would be Sudan's first democratic electionsin more than two decades.
The peace dealended a 21-year civil war between the north and the south.
"Practically,it won't be feasible to have them [elections] by July," Mr Biong said,according to Reuters news agency.
He is from theSPLM party of former rebels, which is planning to contest the polls against theNCP of President Omar al-Bashir. (ANA)