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Carter says satisfied with Sudan’s electoral board


April 9, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Friday said satisfied with the job done by the National Election Commission (NEC) despite the challenges facing Sunday polling.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaking to reporters following a meeting with the NEC members in Khartoum, April 9, 2010 (SUNA)

The founder of Carter Center arrived to Khartoum, two days ago, leading an important delegation including member of the Elders Lakhdar Brahimi, Judge Joseph Warioba, and Carter Center President and CEO Dr. John Hardman.

Following a meeting held with the electoral board, the former US president told reports that the NEC members gave him satisfactory explanations with regard to the transportation of electoral material to the polling stations.

In a report released on March 17, the Carter Center said the limited transportation capacities, the massive volume of materials to be deployed, and delays in ballots production might, among others challenges, impose to delay the election’s date.

"It is a very challenging election, because Sudan has not held elections since 1986," he said, adding "The NEC’s (officials) have done their best under these circumstances".

NEC Deputy Chairman, Abdallah Ahmed Abdallah, affirmed that there was a full coordination between the NEC and the Carter Center to observe the elections.

Abdallah further said Carter assured them that the Center has no power over the Sudanese elections, noting that the Centre is a partner in the electoral process.

The U.S.-based Carter Center, which was founded by Jimmy Carter, sent 65 observers to monitor the general elections in Sudan besides the EU observation team of 130 observers.

In Brussels, the European Union reaffirmed that its observers will continue to monitor the elections despite the withdrawal its team from Darfur for security reasons.

"The independent EU Electoral Observation Mission will continue to observe the elections in Sudan. The decision to deploy one of EU’s largest missions was taken in recognition of the importance of the Sudanese elections," said a statement signed by EU foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton.

"I encourage all engaged Sudanese parties and stakeholders to contribute to satisfactory conditions for the people of Sudan to cast their vote,’ Ashton added.


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  • 10 April 2010 05:24, by Greater Equatoria

    Cater is not seriouse.He has been confused by Omar Al-Bashir,the ICC criminal.
    The elections are not free and fair. I don’t have time to waste explaining to you why.
    But elections in South Sudan should continue!

    • 10 April 2010 05:48, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      Thanks Jimmy Carter for joining the process and get over it!

      I thank the SPLM leadership for clarifying the issue and avoiding the consequences of boycotting elections in the Northern Sector in avoiding the unwise tactics by the two communist unionist boys who wanted it messed up.

      Thanks to Salva Kiir for rebuking the ill-intended immature announcement by the two communist boys (Pagan and Arman). Bravo, Dr. Riek Machar for the vision and wise strategic leadership.

      I appeal to you guys who support Arman’s presidential contest that you should instead blame Yasser Arman himself for chickening away from the competition against Bashir. He asked several times as revealed in the article to be allowed to quit the race after assessing that he was going to fail the elections. So why blame Salvatore Kiir who previously blessed the nomination of Arman for presidency? And why blame Dr. Riek Machar either who also blessed the candidacy of Yasser Arman?

      The decision to withdraw Arman initially came from him and consequently forced the politburo to withdraw him. This has now become the fact of the story and so don’t blame any one else.

      However, the withdrawal of Arman should not also mean the whole boycott of elections in the North. Arman is not the SPLM of Northern sector but he happens to chair its secretariat. Pagan is simply a rebel and destroyer of the coming referendum.

      And read such wise remarks by Dr. Riek Machar which he said would result in the scenario of boycotting the elections in the north. We need SPLM (north and south) to remain united and be strengthened in both north and south even if the South becomes an independent nation.

      Please be wise in your comments and let us support our leadership to row our boat to the safe shore (Promised Land) by January 2011.

    • 10 April 2010 07:05, by Time1

      Greater Equtor and Dinka boy

      You two complain too much, you said Gration is wrong, you said Susan is wrong, you said AU is wrong now you said Carter is wrong, so who is right, you? stop this communists thinking you your heads, there is no space for it, i know both of you are northerners but disguising and making complains about Armans withdrawal but there are better times ahead for everyone, so do not worry, Arman himself is supporting this elections to go ahead.

  • 10 April 2010 06:00, by Dinka Boy

    SPLM who support Yasir Arman will still vote for him as the challenger of Omer Bashier. there is no sense why SPLM withdraw Arman in the race.

    • 10 April 2010 07:26, by Padiet Gagag

      There is no free and fair election if that Criminal Bashir is not yet hang. But nothing will prevent refreedom of south by 2011. NorthernSudan is shaking because the know that Native of sudan from south, west and east recogonize their Arab Wickeness act.

  • 10 April 2010 07:01, by Time1

    Mr carter is verr wise and he understands the challenges of setting up and election and also making it as free and fair as possible, especially for a country which has not seen elections for decades, it is not a easy walk, so i agree with carter that this is a good step forward in the right direction and should be support. Sudanese need international support for this elections not complains, this is the begining of the start of democracy in Sudan.

  • 10 April 2010 07:16, by Dinka Boy

    Hey Time1,

    Ok, I am acommunist, where are you going to take me in the South.
    My friend, the withdrawal of Arman is the violation of CPA and it will not allow the referendum to be smooth. I don,t want to repeat myself dear.

    You tell me i am from North,then your nature will judge me. In fact, I was trained in 1989 in Bunga( Red Army of Majak Agot de Mayen) and I fought in Bilnyaang, Kapoeta,and Juba dear. Please stop your refugees reasoning and that is why you called the most dedicated generals as communists.

    Yes, SPLm was acoomunist before and that was the reason why acquired Guns from Cuba, Russia, and part of Jamus(gun) in Libya, and accomodation from Magistu Hail Mariem.

    Please don,t think of a man of today, ok! you have to distance yourself from refugees reasoning other tell me about what you know about SPLM.

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