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French activists urge EU to withdraw election observers from Sudan


April 6, 2010 (PARIS) — Darfur advocacy activists in France appealed on the European Union (EU) and French government to not support the electoral process in Sudan and to withdraw electoral observers sent recently there.

FILE - Activists of Grifna (We Are Fed Up), an opposition youth movement, carry banners during a demonstration outside the National Election Commission in Sudan’s capital Khartoum April 6, 2010. (Reuters)

Sudan will hold next Sunday multiparty elections for the first time since 1986, among calls for delay and boycott from opposition forces while divergences and frictions are growing within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the main partner of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), announced its decision to not participate in northern Sudan election and withdrawn its candidate for Sudan president.

"European Union and French government should not support these iniquitous and immoral elections” said Jacky Mamou, president of the Collectif Urgence Darfour, an umbrella of 80 French NGOs, in a press conference held Tuesday in Paris.

"We call upon the international community and the French government to withdraw their electoral observers because they would support fraudulent elections” he further said stressing that such participation in the election monitoring would help to legitimize the "anti-democratic" process there.

Carter Center, European Union, African Union and Arab League other countries or organizations dispatched teams to monitor the first multiparty election in Sudan since 24 years. The process is provided in the comprehensive peace agreement in order to ensure democratic transition in the country at the end of transitional period.

Mamou also said the international community has to press for the delay of election and boost ongoing efforts to end the seven years conflict in western Sudan region of Darfur.

Alarmed by the surge of violence in Darfur and the recent waves of displacements in the restive region the rights French groups regretted the international silence over government attacks in Jebel Marra. The Collectif had sent a protest letter to the French foreign minister earlier this month urging him to condemn the military operations there.

The results of the fifth population and housing census conducted in May 2008 were used to draw electoral districts and organize the voter registration.

The Executive Director of Darfur Relief and Documentation Center Abdelbagi Jibril, briefed the press on the fifth population census saying millions of Darfur IDPs and civilians were excluded from the most politicized counting operation in the history of the Sudan.

He also said the results of the census tripled the number of Arab tribes, loyal to the NCP, in Darfur, underlining the data collected during the population census will be the basis for re-distribution of political power and repartition of economic wealth.

Simon Dumoulin, President of Vigilance Soudan, stressed that the SPLM, the NCP partner and ruling party in southern Sudan, denounced an electoral process largely marred by irregularities and lack of transparency.


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  • 7 April 2010 08:47, by Dinka Boy

    There is a problem within SPLA.

    Check this out:

    "Divergences and frictions are growing within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)"

    • 7 April 2010 11:37, by Simpleman

      You cowards, why do opt for bad when SPLA/M are preparing for the fair and free election though NCP Leader Omar Hussen is trying to Threaten and rig election. The Mission is not over French activist, why urge EU to withdraw election observers from Sudan?

      Son Philosophy Mr. Aristotle

    • 7 April 2010 13:38, by Sudan virus

      Dinga boy,

      You enslave yourselves there in Khartoum under the brutal leadership of the Arabs.The Arab league and perhaps the dully AU will be the only international communities to observe openly rigged and unpopular election, because this is their culture-dictatorship.

  • 7 April 2010 09:39, by Simpleman

    That Darfur advocacy activists, you have seen the NCP frauding of the election, why don’t you intervene before these two partner wast a lot of money on this so call eleection. Anyway I am tired of this disparate over this election, we as southerners are not counting on it now. But we are just waiting for any productive, transparent and visual decision, we can stand by it.

    Luate The great is all for just

    • 7 April 2010 14:04, by DASODIKO

      Yeah do not fool yourself by creating conflict between you and the wicked Islamist in Sudan. They will cut their noses and fingers and no one will cry for them. All what International Community will do is to condemn.

      • 7 April 2010 14:36, by Mabor Yiel

        I don’t think is a good idea to called for withdrawal of EU observers from Sudan’s Election. I suggest that you should join your brothers in peace talk in order to claim your position or positions in the government. Otherwise what you are doing is a daydream.

        This is what the Late Dr. John Garang told your selfish leaders during the time we fought arabs to join the Movement so as to topple Bashir’s regime. They refused and embraced Bashir leadership and you carried massive killings against your kinsmen in the South Sudan. Darfuris lost legitamcy in the eyes of Southerners and now " it is a hard nut to crack to topple Bashir’ regime" We are already gone because Bashir will not accept to fight Southerners again but tend to grant Africans their Independent to enjoy while you will suffer injustices for another 39 years like we did with Arabs.

  • 7 April 2010 19:32, by Time1

    I do not understand why France is always last in everything.

    Where were they before the elections even started? where were they when Americana nd Japanese were making contributions and support the process some one years ago? now they come at the last minutes to talk about elections postponement, stoip acting like those reckless opposition who cannot see past their noses.

    France stop trying to catch the train late all the time.

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