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Sudan delays national elections for the second time


June 30, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese elections commission has decided to introduce a 2-months delay once again to the general elections originally scheduled for February 2010.

A worker from the Southern Sudan Commission for Census, Statistics and Evaluation (SSCCSE) prepares shipments for transport from their main warehouse in Juba to the ten states of Southern Sudan, on March 4, 2008 (AFP)

The commission justified its decision saying that delays in releasing census results as well as the rainy season, which prevents proper voter registration.

The outcome of the fifth census is now rejected by the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) which requested a political agreement over the issue but the dominant National Congress Party (NCP) continues to believe that the southern Sudan ruling party has to accept the internationally monitored results.

The elections will mark the end of the interim period that started in July 2005 following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

According to the CPA, the presidential and parliamentary elections on national and state levels were supposed to be held before July 2009.

However, Sudan electoral board decided to delay elections to February 2010, citing the need for further preparations and resolving crucial outstanding issues.

The commission today released a timetable showing that polling and sorting the results will occur in the week of April 5 2010. The voters’ registration is planned for November 2009.

Earlier this month one of the senior commission officials hinted that a delay may be necessary but later retracted his statements for unknown reasons.

“We are considering a modification, an adjustment of our old timeframe to accommodate the delays that have taken place,” said Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, the deputy chairman of the National Elections Commission said in an interview with Reuters.

“Some of the intervals and the stages are dictated by law so you cannot accelerate the stages,” he further said.

Besides, the security law and Abyei issue, the North-South border still not defined. Boundaries delineation on paper could be done by September and on-the-ground demarcation by December, Abdullah said.

Also the Darfur conflict that erupted since six years ago does not seem of a major concern for the SPLM which focuses its efforts in the 2011 referendum. However, many unresolved questions are raised over the participation of the displaced and the refugees in eastern Chad.

The deputy head of the independent electoral board said they did not yet decide whether Sudanese refugees abroad will be allowed to vote and, if so, how.

Today NCP and SPLM officials speaking to Reuters suggested they agree with the commission decision to delay the elections further.

Some SPLM officials are wary that delay in implementing the key aspects of the CPA including elections would result in pushing back the referendum scheduled for 2011.


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  • 1 July 2009 06:49, by truth to be told in SouthSudan

    Dear Readers,
    This is bullshit for really. what is the functions for delay? The month of april in southern sudan is terrible month due to rainy season. Fifth census was conducted during the month of april last year and the figures for south sudan is now questionable. I think Kiir is so dumb to let this maniplatication of north continue. Last year Kiir was advised by all southerners not to have census be conducted during the month of april due to heavy rainny season all across south sudan, but he was too naive to accept the process to proceed. Kiir is acting like he is servant to Albashir due to numbers of reasons:
    1. Last year fifth census was wrong move by kiir
    2. Reshuffle of important figures is also a wrong move by Kiir. the recent reshuffle of Deng Alor proved that, what ever Al bashir tell Kiir he accepted without thinking twice what political impacts his daily decision have in south sudan.
    3. pushing of general election is totally going to destroyed CPA. The CPA stated that general election is to be held in July 2009, and now we are talking about repushed it from feb 2010 to april 2010. And next it is going to be pushed again to 2011. Salva should resign immediately because North are maniplating his mind to destroy CPA.

    • 1 July 2009 08:07, by Ajiej

      Dear Southerners it seem that what these people who are dealing with the election are trying to blindfold South of constant delay of election GOSS president has to take serious major against that decision infact I have not seen the reason of delaying election which was schedule Feb 2010 to April which reason is behind that delay of election? According to me if I were Kiir there would no change of timeframe that we were all aware of but not to Accept the dump decision which made by Bashier b,se this bullshite Bashier cannot do right thing to the South. He decided like that he had seen that the census result was accepted by South where he can do the same, I strong disagree with that decision if Bashier does not want let him leave us alone in South Sudan rather than confusing the situation of our leaders of South Sudan and we as well.

    • 1 July 2009 08:22, by Ly Soso

      Its unfortunate we African or the third world countries do not know how to keep time, after all the result of this election is predictable.
      For us southern we need the money since oil revenue is underflow, election budget can be another source of revenue until we find an economical formula to the way out.

    • 1 July 2009 09:07, by Anyuathwakou

      H E 1st LT Gen. Salva Kiir should not resign because of re-extention of next year general election from Feb.to April 2010. the decision of SPLM to rejected the Census is realy correct because that small percentages (21.3%) will affected the wealth and power sharing later on in South Sudan. That moved of re.extention of election is also going to bring changes to Sudan if the IGAD and International community will put on pressure against Basher then there must be something good. I hope Kiir should continue with rejection of any wrong move by NCP.

      God Almighty will bless Salva Kiir Mayardit in his work.

  • 1 July 2009 09:00, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Cheating Method is not yet defined by Utaz Ali osman Mohammed Ali that is why they adjourned the Election on the fixed Time. I will not vote in the fake coming election.

    • 1 July 2009 09:40, by william wol

      Indeed, I agreed with Hillary on the point saying Mr. Taha has not yet define cheat method as a result they pastphone pastphone the already schudled election not only cheating method they do not establish but all wanted to conspire all CPA founders from the south so much so that everthing gets messing up and continues sucking from south still.Ideioligically,Khartuom regime does not like word separation it has been trying even to delete it from dictionary.And that can not happen, let them keep adjouring adjourning it and the reallity should reveals itself one day by any mechanism. For sharia politics of theirs were already learnt. Thanks for wise comment today!!

  • 1 July 2009 09:22, by Deng Chol Malual

    On this issue of pushings within the CPA circuit attest to me and most other Sudan nationals that there will be no CPA stipulated half-period general election in Sudan.

    I therefore, suggest that GOSS and peace-mother SPLM/A should mold the modalities answering the challenges ahead of the referandum time.

    The challenges may include: what will happen if the South hoped referrandum expire and/or eliminated out;what will happen should the unity carry that referrandum day e.g which flag [New or old Sudan flag] be constituted in Sudan, and other political,socio-economic means.

    Deng Chol Malual

    • 1 July 2009 09:42, by No body

      MY FRIENDS, can some answer me why postponing elections always. Doesen’t it means the leaders are not yet satisfied of doing corruptins in Sudan? I know all these plans comes from Bashir because he dbouts to win the elections. So he wants to delay the elections so that he insideand and bribe Southerners.

      ladies and gentle men who will allow himselves to be bribed this time? remember Islamisation and anal fucking which we all know medically that can lead to HAEMORROIDS (anal prolapse).

      Bashir is always for Backwardness and never Forwardness.

      James Tut Biel.

    • 1 July 2009 10:09, by Aparana

      This delay of elections to April 2010 was caused by SPLM because, it is not ready for elctions right now, they are not sure wether they will win it, the have not yet resolved the issue of nominating candidates for presidency and at all leveels, they don’t have enough funds to run the election, they are still begging America to support them which is even against the electoral Law.

      Durind the graduation of police officers in Last months which was dominated by more than 95% dinka officers, GOSS president Dr. Salvatore was forced by the circumstance to deliver part of his speech in Dinka language since Enlish or Arabic language is dificult for most of them to understant. The president mentioned that, the coming elections may or may not take place.

      On the other hand The Speaker or the SSLA James Wani was talking in South Kordofan about the SPLM stand for the unity of Sudan, last sturday in Lobonok payam Mr, Wani was speaking about the possible alliance between SPLM and NCP during the upcoming election.

      SPLM is the first ENEMY of peace.



      • 1 July 2009 10:49, by No body

        Talking about unity between the two parties here is a big catastrophy. I always wounder when South will unite and should for unity of Southerners alone.

        It will take us nowhere if we continue in the vission of uniting the two parties i.e NCP and SPLM. Our children will remain under Arab and the wise ones will get their way abroud and act as slave. And therefore there will be on JENUB.

        James Tut.

        • 1 July 2009 14:38, by Jeremiah Mach

          Hey guys, you sound like you people has not been at with the Northern Jallabas; the NCP is behaving in the same manner their kinship used to be; how comes you people are so confuse and surprise about the intentional and continuous delayed of peace implementation, we are still at war and the enemy is doing anything possible in its capacity to hinder peace implementation, and we are fighting back to have it respected to the letter, I am more confidence than ever before, that there is no failure in this matter, people are going to win the war; but they have already won it i should say. people of Souther Sudan has fought a conventional war, a war they should award themselves with high distinction if nobody is ready to award them such a grade; if you people really believed how successful you fought the four decades war with the Jallabas as i know you does, why do you still doubt your ability to deal with the enemy by any means necessary? if they choose not implement the peace, we’ll keep pressing them to have it implemented; if they don’t and choose war instead of peace, blame game must cease, as they are known by there character to dishonored what they agreed upon; we should hold our head up as we used to, and confront them with iron fist. bear this in mind, am not a war monger; i know the consequences of war, it has affected every family in Southern Sudan; but i reject the notion of abandoning our liberty even it mean war renewal in South Sudan.

          • 1 July 2009 16:50, by Dongjol

            Dear all,

            Voting for unity is voting for slavary.

            I am a political scientist with a clear definition of politics in mind.From the activities and decisions usually seen ,Our "brothers" in the north have defined the term politics as ,Cheating misleading and false statments.Which is totally wrong.

            You the SPLM Chair person, i advise you not to cheat your people by accepting false statments and decisions made by the north.Any decision affecting the life of souththerners, should be rejected since we fought to serve the interest of the whole population.

            If it is possible don’t talk about unity because people are in bitterness about the wrong decisions made in the north.Read the mood of people.

            Don’t confuse the iliterate ones talking about unity.

            Taking in to account the decisions made so far, voting for unity would be voting for slavary.who wants to be a slave,kiir?

            Just wait for the referundom

  • 1 July 2009 16:36, by Ghor

    OK, Election is pushed to April 2010. But I want to remind Mr. Bashire that you can play around but don’t joke with januaray 9th 2011, the date for referandum, if you temper then you are ready for another violent but this time it will be worse.

    confuse everything but we must vote for referandum on 9th Jan. 2011 whether with or without a referandum Bill you are also delaying to be passed in Parliment.

    • 1 July 2009 17:06, by Dongjol


      lets change the vision of the SPLM inorder to get acceptance from the mariginalised people.

      The late Dr.John Garang was the right person for the vision.

      Inorder to serve the beloved people of south Sudan, a person with political commitment is needed.Did SPLA fight the war for its own stomach’s sake or for the mariginalised people of the Sudan?

      Why does the SPLM fear to change the vision of the SPLM?

      Please kiir,walk according to the tangable interests!!!!!!!!The vison of SPLM doesn’t benefit us at all.You your self know it very well because you have been complaining dailly.

      So change it ,then you will get popualrity from the mariginalised people.


  • 1 July 2009 19:47, by billieth

    It comes to my attention that no election will ever take place in the Sudan. If the general election was truly called off for the rainy season, I don’t see any legitimate reason for second adjournment. Rainy season starts in April and therefore, we expect third postponement.
    These issues such as: The security law, Abyei, the North-South border and many more have been on table for four years now and there have never been a break through. Southerners have to bear in mind that if this election doesn’t take place, then the referendum in 2011 will not happen. If Kiir’s leadership sees referendum as a key for Southern Sudanese Liberty, it had better reject the status quo.

    • 2 July 2009 10:34, by No body

      Let us just wait and see guys, Elections must take place and that is where seperation will come. because both side will says elections are rigged by the either side and therefore seperation will be the solution. No war again, Americans or let me say the world will never allow it happen.

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