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Sudanese general election, 1996

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Sudanese general election, 1996

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General elections were held in Sudan to elect a President and National Assembly between 2 and 17 March 1996. They were the first elections since 1986 due to a military coup in 1989, and the first simultaneous elections for the presidency and National Assembly. 125 members of the 400-seat National Assembly had been nominated before the election, leaving 275 seats to be elected (of which 51 were ultimately uncontested).[1] There were no political parties at the time, and all candidates ran as independents.

In the presidential election, 40 candidates ran against incumbent Omar al-Bashir, who emerged victorious with 75.4% of the vote.[2]

Voter turnout was reported to be 72%.[3]


Presidential election

Candidate Votes %
Omar al-Bashir 4,181,784 75.4
Abd al-Majid Sultan Kijab 133,032 2.4
39 other candidates 1,210,464 22.2
Total 5,525,082 100
Source: Nohlen et al., African Election Database


  1. ^ Sudan: Elections in 1996 Inter-Parliamentary Union
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p858 ISBN 0-19-829645-2
  3. ^ The December 2000 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections European Sudanese Public Affairs Council
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