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No rescheduling for elections, Sudan president says

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February 25, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president and head of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Omer Hassan Al-Bashir emphasized today that elections will be held on time despite mounting calls by opposition groups that they be postponed.

Bashir, who was speaking at a rally of the female members of the Umma Party for Reform and Development (URRD) in Omdurman, said that the Sudanese people have the right to choose its representative through the polls.

He said that the western region of Darfur is now secure and stable which eliminates any justification for postponing the elections, noting that the 1986 polls were not delayed due to the war in the South.

The president’s remarks puts cold shower on demands by Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) chief Khalil Ibrahim to push the elections forward so that Darfur can participate fully.

On Tuesday, the powerful rebel group signed a framework agreement with the Sudanese government in Qatar that provides for a temporary ceasefire between the two sides among other things.

At a press conference in Doha, JEM leader said that most people in Darfur and Kordofan are displaced with no interest to take part in elections. He said that there needs to be time for peace to be realized and refugees can return home after which participation in elections can be evaluated.

Ibrahim stressed that holding the general elections in April will exclude 4 million people making it meaningless for the Darfur population.

On Wednesday, the Islamist opposition figure and leader of the Popular Congress Party (PCP) Hassan Al-Turabi called for the formation of an interim government even if headed by Bashir to prepare the country for the polls.

Turabi added that should a final peace agreement be signed in Darfur then that necessarily requires elections be delayed else it wouldn’t be right to have a political system that does not the people of that region.

Earlier this week the former Prime Minister Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and head of the Umma party said that it is preferable to push elections in order to give time for peace to be achieved in Darfur.

National Elections Committee (NEC) officials have so far given no indication that they are open to rescheduling.

Observers say that if elections are delayed then the earliest they can be held is in November following the rainy season in large parts of Sudan. However any such move will cast doubts over the 2011 self determination referendum in the South of the country.

The SPLM has vehemently refused any move to postpone the referendum process and many think tank groups fear a return to civil war should the self determination process be disrupted. However, many post-referendum issues have yet to be addressed particularly nationality, national debt, water agreement with the border demarcation process well behind schedule.

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  • 26 February 2010 07:34, by Dinka Boy

    I think is well move from Mr President.We in the south wound not and never except any postphonement of the Election.Thank you Mr president you have reaslised that.SPLM/A oyeee.South sudan independent oyee.Yasir oyee.Thank

    • 26 February 2010 07:56, by Malakal

      All I care about is 2011. Bashir can go to hell with his gimmicks!

      • 26 February 2010 08:03, by Master

        you can go to hell with your ignorance .. damn traitor !

        • 26 February 2010 09:20, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

          Bashir ame nyamba point!

          He has realised that the ICC cancer is unavoidable and must soon clear him out of existance.

          Go ahead man, no shame, face it without fear. One bad thing is you are still massacring the innocents in Darfur, this adds morecounts on your criminal charges.

          Wow, you are soon going to hell, just like your uncle Saddam!

          Be bless,

          Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man away from tribalism and corruption.

        • 27 February 2010 02:44, by Thomas Taban

          Master.

          It is the reverse of the southerners going to haven and taking south Sudan with them.

    • 26 February 2010 08:48, by Gatbentiu

      Thanks Mr.president,at least that is what we want here in the South of Sudan.

      postponing the election can create confusion in the referendum.

      Bashir we sometime love you in the South.

      • 26 February 2010 09:07, by mohammed ali

        Gatbentiu ,

        And love him more after secession!

        • 26 February 2010 09:30, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

          Hey Ali,

          Gatbentiu, after secession shall have no direct connection with Bashir and that will mark the end of their love for food and crude oil.

          Be blessed,

          Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism and corruption.

          • 26 February 2010 10:46, by mohammed ali

            Deng Akol,

            What food you are talking about? Let it feed your SPLA leaders.They recieved $ 8.6 BILLIONS since the CPA started, yet the number of the poor ,hungery and marginalized southerners ha has quadripled during the last 2 years, reaching more than 4 millions, which is half of the populations.Still you have about 2 millions in the north, are they going to stop loving Albashher as well?!

            As for the crude oil, we donnot it we will simply shut the pipeline!What are going to do ..drik it?!

            Be sensable, neither triabalis nor racism is good, they are manifistations of haterd.You want to secede ,well and good, you desrve it, but if you think it is something simple...let us get rid of the jalabba, then you are wrong!Secession may be bad or good for the north I am not sure, but it is dtrematal for the South!

            • 26 February 2010 14:40, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

              Hey Ali,

              Hahaha man.

              With all that poor statistic of yours, you will never ever prevented people from hating Bashir after seperation. SPLA soldiers are not starving in any way, their pays is more than what your poor statistic and your malitious mind can manage.

              About the pipeline.

              You will never ever block it or closed it as your poor brain calculate. There is something called international law that will prevents you from performing all those malitious and sucidal mission on it.

              Mark me well here poor Bashir boot licker, the world has mark you number on terrorists and must never ever gives you a chance to do nonsensed on those international trade pipe line.

              Think deep before writing rubbish here!

              Be blessed,

              Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism and corruption.

      • 26 February 2010 09:25, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

        Gatbentiu,

        You love Bashir not us in the South, but you in Bentiu. I here in deep South will hate him for life,not untill Jesus come.

        To hell Bashir, that cancer shall soon swept your ass out of oxygen.

        Be blessed,

        Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tibalism.

        • 26 February 2010 09:52, by Aduol Liet

          We do not want postponement although Darfurian people are backing Omar al Bashir to sign a gimick peace agreement then, it is up to them but I would like to see Omar al Bashir die and his killers friends in National Congress members death. If Omar al Bashir die today in Sudan I will be very happy for that.

          Death for Omar al Bashir Oyeee, deaths for his friends National Congress members Oyeee and Arab Idiots down to fucken hell.

          • 26 February 2010 14:11, by Gatluak Latjor

            Well-done Mr. President, let us go a head. Prove youself.

    • 26 February 2010 20:23, by Mathiang BT

      The whole Sudan knows elections should be held on time otherwise you will be in trouble Bashir. You must to be declare the loser this time around. You will not refuse to ICC and Sudanese who are suffering vote for you. It will not happen.
      Bashir, which peace/ceasfire are you talking about in Darfur? your SAF today killed 50 people apart from young girls and old women that they raped.
      Shame on you Bashir/SAF.

    • 27 February 2010 00:04, by R. TOOL

      Mr. Dinka Boy,

      Are you aware Bashier is a "lame duck". Some one is pulling strings behind him in the Sudan Arm Force. It’s just a matter of time ....... Soon or later their will be Coup D’ETAT coming up in the north, and you will revert back to war. You southern people better be ready for what awaited you all. The Arabs are going to let you all have your "cake and eat it too". You guys better not be sleeping behind the wheel. The north (Arabs) are planing day and night...... they might be one step a head you southerns already. Since you southerns bickers among yourselves all day long ....



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