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Sudan opposition want elections moved to November, slams UNMIS official

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March 13, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — A number of presidential candidates in Sudan has jointly called on the April elections to be postponed by seven months till next November and submitted a proposed formation for the National elections committee (NEC).

Ray Kennedy, Chief Electoral Affairs Officer for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

The Umma Party runner for president Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi hosted a meeting at his residence in Omdurman agreed on steps that need to be taken for achieving democratic transformation and establishing an "impartial" board to monitor the work of the NEC in terms of administration and finances, creating a body consisting of presidential nominees with rotating head, rescheduling elections to resolve a number outstanding issues.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) representative at the summit Ibrahim Ghandour promised to convey the demands to president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and arrange a meeting with them to discuss their requests.

Absent from the meeting were the candidates from the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) Yasir Arman, Democratic Unionist Party Hatim Al-Sir, Sudan Communist Party Mohamed Ibrahim Nugud. It was not immediately clear why they did not attend.

The participants also called for the neutrality of the state media, protecting the candidates. enabling parties to address uniformed forces in their barracks, providing access to transportation and telecommunications and funding parties.

They also proposed that the NEC monitoring commission to be composed of Amin Mekki Madani, Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, Al-Tigani Al-Karib, Ibrahim Moniem Mansour, Ambroze Rung, Abdel-Rahman Abdu, Mustafa Majak and Lual Deng.

The parties also expressed concern over alleged switching the process of printing voting slips from abroad to presses inside Sudan that belong to the NCP — a move they would lead to duplicate papers and ballot box stuffing.

The Umma Reform and Renewal Party (URRP) leader Mubarak Al-Fadil said in a statement that the NEC acknowledged this with the consent of Ray Kennedy, Chief Electoral Affairs Officer for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

"This requires investigation from the UN Secretary General on the actions of the UN official and his contribution towards fraud. We will submit a complaint to the UN Secretary General based on the response of the [NEC] commission memo"

Last week, the opposition parties submitted a memorandum of protest regarding reforming the rules set by the commission on the campaigning. he parties say that new rules published by the NEC meant that they have to give 72 hours notice for rallies held inside their own party premises — and had to ask police for permission to meet outside. It also brought up the issue of the voting slips.

The NEC dismissed the memo in a formal response asserting its a neutral body counting an example where the government asked for breaking up the elections but they rejected it and when they overruled NCP challenges on drawing geographical constituencies.

The commission said a bid for printing the voting slips was advertised and two Sudanese companies secured it and that due to time constraints one set of the cards was diverted from a Slovenian company to a Sudanese one stressing that at each step this process was made with the participation of UNMIS elections office.

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  • 14 March 2010 08:40, by Dinka Boy

    you guys are wasting your sparetime. We South Sudanese don,t want any delay or pushing of election. None!

    • 14 March 2010 08:53, by BUSTA 2

      Dinka boy shut your ugly mouth and wait for 2011 when your parent erra will come to and end!!!

      Brother in Christ,

      Busta 2

      • 14 March 2010 09:25, by SPLA

        BUSTA 2,

        Only when Jesus Christ return to this earth will mark an end of Dinka Boy parent era. No force in sudan will stop the Dinka Boy parent Kingdom from ruling South Sudan. You Bustard should consider moving away from South Sudan if you do not like Dinka Boy parent era.

        • 14 March 2010 10:44, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

          Third phase(III) of Downing Flammed 2011-12

          Ajuur will be pull out of Bustard ass, that has been flank in mr Bashire and his men. The Greatest liberators men of Sudan will Rules the nation untll the end of the world. The people who sacrified their life. Bustard mother ass will yield after being rescues by great men of Sun. The children Antena(miith ka Acuk)

          Tone of Liberator.

          Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

          • 14 March 2010 12:19, by Gatwech

            Dear readers,

            Yes this pre-rigged good-for-nothing fake elections have to be postponed indefinitely until referendum is conducted.

            SPLM should join the talks with the condition that the elections be postponed until referendum is conducted.

            This fake election is about giving legitimacy to Bashir who has already pre-rigged it with the blessing of the international community and at the same time inviting post-elections violence in the South. This post-elections violence can be used by Bashir or whoever in the North as an excuse to delay the referendum.

            I agree with the opposition and the NCP’s Ghandour that this unfortunate election should be postponed but with the condition that it doesn’t affect the referendum.

            • 14 March 2010 20:36, by Chol Mading

              Gatwech,

              Do you know the consequences of delaying the election and what it means? It is another way to press us and delay our rights to be independent state. These are foolish tactics from Arabs to delay referendum process in the South. Call it pre-rigged election or whatever, we don’t have anything to lose from it. Our biggest issue is referendum as I see you sometimes advocating. Let the referendum bells rigs!

          • 14 March 2010 13:24, by Hillary B.M.L,M

            I Agree that no Postponement should take Place and i don’t agree with these expressions like Ajuur will.... or until Christ come, this is stupidity , every things can be if we agree them to happen. Even Dinkas can get extinct on the Earth if Christ approve that.

            • 15 March 2010 03:03, by Hardlinner

              Hillary are damn right. any delay in election would mean declearation of independent for southerners.

        • 14 March 2010 11:39, by peter pal

          SLAVE DOG

          Shut up foolish. Wait for 2011.

        • 14 March 2010 12:30, by Lorolokin

          SPLA,

          I wish you could have been some one who has goes through formal Education so i would have had time with you, because when i follow your writing i discover that there is nothing that one can benefit, instead you become more Tribalist.

          Bro, Let me tell you,South Sudan without the other Tribes is useless,all of us are cntributing to the wefare of the S.Sudan.
          You can not say because your tribe is Big so you are born to Rule,No, totally no.
          SPLA, don’t use the quantity of your tribe against the quality of the other tribes.

          Kinkak

      • 14 March 2010 11:39, by Mel mosa

        Busser

        You shut your mouth, you have no idea of what you talking about. no more trick this time. You better go to hell.

      • 15 March 2010 02:54, by Hardlinner

        to busta, dinka boy, spla other alike, this topic is not about your cheap tribal matters, it about sudan election not tribal election.

        since you guys have brain capacy of chicken, you should not waste your time on topic that does not concern tribes.

        commenting on election delay, i believe this the conspiracy of arabs to delay vote for referendum.
        all southern parties and people should not accept any alteration of election scheduled on april period. and if they (north parties) insisted, then there will declaration of independent for south before 2011.

  • 14 March 2010 11:48, by Thondet Manyang

    You will end up opposing even your own chance. People are so tired of these elections better to do it one and for all.
    Because we do want other people to die before these elections. Dear southerners it is another trick to push the referendum.
    No pushing no! No!!!!

    • 14 March 2010 12:27, by Machingela gai

      Bashir and his government will harm CPA if not careful.
      And if that broken news is true, then the chances of executing CPA in 2011 and beyond, to the fullest, are somehow unpredictable. And war will be the last resort without any exception.

      I do not know what it is like ahead of us if these inconsiderate activities are openly displayed in arena.
      The presence of international community commissions who are monitoring election can not justify peace in the region anymore.
      They are destroying us for good than ourselves without them.
      What is next is what I want to see!

  • 14 March 2010 14:54, by tayeb M. Alhassan

    The Bullet has gone OFF no bare hands can stop it!!!! Let be what is going to be

  • 14 March 2010 19:24, by Time1

    This is a weak excuse for postponement of elections but it will not happen, either they stand their grounds for this elections or let them withdraw if they cannot compete, because if every party has to ask for their own time and conditions of how the elections should be done then there will be no elections at all because every body will have their own rules. The best way forward is to stick to the rules that are already in place, also NEC is made of different groups, the head of the NEC is actually from South, his deputy is from Darfur, other top officials are from othe parts of the north.

    So what is the exact reason why the elections should be cancelled?

    because they think the NEC is not neutral or they want changes soi they can put more non neutral individuals from their side? this is a weak excuse which will not hold up, Umma wants to take the fore front of destroying the CPA but Al Mahdi will burn his buttocks soon, he should not joke around.

  • 14 March 2010 21:54, by bior angeth

    It is good to take one step at a time instead of puting all feet in the same position as it had been said.. Why do they want election to be pushed closed to referendum in 2011? Whoever thinking that way has to rethink!

  • 15 March 2010 01:43, by Kuany Dak

    Dear all,

    Election fraud cannot be tolerated. NEC and UN election office must be careful about NCP rigging April election in their behave.



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