ElectionGudie

Jan. 9, 2011 Postponed

Sudan

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At stake in this Referendum:

  • A referendum to decided if Abyei will join the north or the south of Sudan.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR
  • Head of Government: President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR
  • Assembly: Sudan has a bicameral National Legislature (Majlis Watani) consisting of the Council of States (Majlis Welayat) with 50 seats* and the National Assembly (Majlis Watani) with 450 seats**.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system.
  • In the Council of States (Majlis Welayat) 50 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 6-year terms*. In the National Assembly (Majlis Watani) 450 members are elected by popular vote to serve 6-year terms.**

* Two members are elected by the legislature of each of 25 states.

** 60 percent of seats are elected by plurality vote in single-member districts. 15 percent of seats are elected under closed-list proportional representation. Multi-member constituencies correspond to states, and the threshold is 4 percent in each. Finally, 25 percent of seats are elected under closed-list proportional representation from lists that may contain only women. Again, the constituencies correspond to states, and the threshold is 4 percent in each.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 36,918,193 (2011)
  • Registered Voters: N/A

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 18,393,712 (2011)

·         Is Sudan a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Sudan ratified CEDAW: No

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 114 (National Assembly); 5 (Council of States) following the 2010 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 167 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very High (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Sudan a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Sudan ratified CRPD: Yes (24 April 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 5,537,728 (est.)