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TEXT: Sudan opposition lodge complaint against UNMIS elections official with UN’s Ban

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March 15, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The leader of the Umma Reform and Renewal Party (URRP) Mubarak Al-Fadil sent a formal letter of protest to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon against the Ray Kennedy, Chief Electoral Affairs Officer for the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

A row has erupted over the process of awarding the bid for printing the executive posts ballots for the April elections which Al-Fadil says it opens the door for fraud since it was supposed to be printed abroad but a last minute decision assigned it to a local print house belonging to the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

The opposition leader said that this would lead to duplicate papers and ballot box stuffing. The opposition parties took up the issue of voting slips earlier this month with the National Elections Commission (NEC).

"When we wrote to the National Election Commission complaining, the Commission wrote back to us in a letter dated March 10, 2010 justifying their action and confirming that these actions had been approved by the Chief of the Electoral Assistance Division of UNMIS, Mr. Ray Kennedy (All tender vetting and evaluation had been undertaken in participation of the UNMIS Electoral Assistance Division and that the National Election Commission had not received any complaint regarding the award of tenders)" Al-Fadil said in his letter.

"Mr. Ray Kennedy has been quoted consistently in the local press commenting on political issues, criticizing opposition parties’ demands. These demands include conditions needed to hold a free and fair election. This action supported by your staff member has left the door open for the duplication of ballot tickets and thus manipulating and forging the electoral process. Mr. Kennedy has shown ignorance and incompetence in comprehending the legal and political set up in which the elections are being conducted".

Al-Fadil in his letter said that " UNMIS has failed to stop the National Election Commission or alert the monitors and political parties that the printing of the ballot tickets has been diverted from the legitimate winner of the tender to be printed in a printing house controlled by the ruling National Congress Party and its security apparatus at five times the cost of the original award. This has serious implications on the elections".

The NEC 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.

Late last week UNMIS dismissed allegations leveled by Al-Fadil against it.

"UNMIS Spokesperson would like to reiterate that the role of the Mission and its Electoral Assistance Division is restricted to providing technical assistance and limited logistical support within its capabilities when requested to do so. This does not involve making substantive decisions about any aspect of the electoral process. Such decisions are left in their entirety to the NEC and other stakeholders in Sudan as an internal Sudanese matter".

Below is the text of the letter


H.E. Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary General

C/O H.E. Haile Menkerios
SRSG United Nations Mission in Sudan

Sudan is at a critical juncture, elections are being conducted under a police state where all organs of the state are controlled by the ruling National Congress Party. This situation is in contravention to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and the Interim National Constitution founded under an agreement that was endorsed by the Security Council and guaranteed by the United States and European Union. Thus under these circumstances we have always welcomed the positive contribution of the international community and United Nations at large and specifically United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) who are providing 47% of the financing and technical assistance for the elections.

The opposition parties and Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) have been struggling hard with the National Election Commission (NEC) to ensure competence and impartiality in its conduct of the electoral process. Recently we discovered however that the ballot tickets of the executive posts have been printed locally at a government-owned printing house controlled by the ruling National Congress Party at an exorbitant cost of four million United States Dollars.

When we wrote to the National Election Commission complaining, the Commission wrote back to us in a letter dated March 10, 2010 justifying their action and confirming that these actions had been approved by the Chief of the Electoral Assistance Division of UNMIS, Mr. Ray Kennedy (All tender vetting and evaluation had been undertaken in participation of the UNMIS Electoral Assistance Division and that the National Election Commission had not received any complaint regarding the award of tenders) .

Mr. Ray Kennedy has been quoted consistently in the local press commenting on political issues, criticizing opposition parties’ demands. These demands include conditions needed to hold a free and fair election. This action supported by your staff member has left the door open for the duplication of ballot tickets and thus manipulating and forging the electoral process. Mr. Kennedy has shown ignorance and incompetence in comprehending the legal and political set up in which the elections are being conducted.

The Electoral Assistance Division of UNMIS has failed to stop the National Election Commission or alert the monitors and political parties that the printing of the ballot tickets has been diverted from the legitimate winner of the tender to be printed in a printing house controlled by the ruling National Congress Party and its security apparatus at five times the cost of the original award. This has serious implications on the elections.

We call for an immediate investigation and transparency in dispensing with international funds directed to the National Election Commission for training, voter and civic education and technical assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Mubarak Elmahdi
Chairman - Umma Party Sudan
Presidential Candidate

(ST)

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  • 16 March 2010 05:01, by mohammed ali

    This is a looser.NCP or any party will not to duplicate any paper,smply because you will not get more than 100 vote!

    • 16 March 2010 05:38, by Gatwech

      Ahahahahaaaaaa.......

      I have been telling you that this is good-for-nothing fake and pre-rigged NCP re-election to use against ICC.

      NCP has registered 10 million fake names, some from telephone companies.

      It is going to print additional 10 million ballots or more to fillout with those fake 10 million ghost voters’ names.

      You will see mysterious ballot boxes during elections.

      This election is nothing more than giving more legitimacy to NCP to use it as a bargaining chip with the ICC.

      It will unfortunately bring violence to the South and this violence will be used by Bashir and whoever in the North as an excuse to delay referendum for two to three years.

      The SPLM and others should push for its postponement until after the referendum is conducted in January 2011.

      • 16 March 2010 07:26, by Mathiang BT

        This elections will mark the end of NCP. ICC should add this as a crime against Al Bashir.

        • 16 March 2010 08:25, by DabeJoseph Gale

          UNMIS is suppose to be a neutral body i wander what made Ray to get involved in dirty politics with NCP,turning bad image of UNMIS in the eyes of Sudanese people.
          sorry for his actions.

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        • 16 March 2010 08:58, by okucu pa lotinokwan

          The mandate for UNMIS is to monitoring,all the ceasefire agreement,including the elections to be conducted in the sudan,it is to be free and fair,if now the UNMIS are showning weak sign in the begining like this it means that the referendum for the south Sudanese there will froge in it.Therefore what the opposition are saying is very sure, the secretary general for UN Mr Ban Ki Mun should take action now.100% NCP party will fail this Election if goes according to election should be in western world

  • 16 March 2010 09:03, by Akuma

    I don’t think whether Bashir can loose election because all international communities are interesting with person in power like UN, AU and other orgaisations.

    Dr. Akuma,
    Chicago, USA

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  • 16 March 2010 17:04, by Time1

    Well if there is suspision the they should just put monitors from NEC and UN to work close with the companies printing the ballots to make sure no irregularities occurs, also after being printed the NEC should double check the ballot tickets to make sure they are genuine and not tempered with. There is no need to write a letter to the UN , UN is not responsible for this elections,the best way is to call for a strong monitoring of all the process, from printing papers to doyuble checking before elections, then to strongly monitors the elections in all centres, then monitor the results , ballot movement, ballot counting and results annoucements.
    It is not easy to temper with ballot papers in the presences of a neutral and independent NEC, also with presences of independent observers.



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