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Sudan includes Halayeb, Abyei in 2015 electoral districts

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September 7, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Elections Commission (NEC) announced on Sunday its intention to finalise the delineation of geographical constituencies for the 2015 elections by mid-September and revealed that the contested Abyei and Halayeb regions will be included.

Sudanese voters check their names on lists posted outside a polling stations in the country’s first multi-party elections in decades in Khartoum on 11 April 2010 (AP)

Halayeb is a region that is also claimed by Egypt while South Sudan asserts sovereignty over Abyei.

Egypt has unilaterally assumed full control over Halayeb since the 90’s and routinely brushed aside repeated demands by Khartoum for international arbitration on its status. Cairo has included the region in all its elections held over the years.

Sudanese officials have generally avoided bringing up the dispute and instead keep reiterating that the two countries consider Halayeb an area of integration.

Abyei on the other hands is one of the thorny and contentious items in the negotiations between Khartoum and Juba despite the formation of a joint administration of the region until the case is resolved.

Abdullah Ahardlo, the NEC official in charge of geographical constituencies, told the Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website on Sunday that the commission will complete the demarcation of constituencies and then submit to the presidency and share it with political parties.

He added that appeals to challenge the demarcation will be allowed before it is finally adopted.

In a related issue, the interior minister Esmat Abdul Rahman said that police forces are ready to secure the upcoming elections as a constitutional requirement. He vowed to deter any attempt to distort or subvert the electoral process, accusing unspecified circles of seeking to induce sabotage in the community.

Sudan is preparing to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in April 2015, despite demands by major political forces that they be postponed to allow the ongoing national dialogue process to bear fruit. The government rejects this call saying it will lead to constitutional vacuum.

(ST)

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  • 8 September 2014 09:45, by Marco Bul

    Hmmmn.But does it matter if pple are not forced to register or vote??
    Let Abyei decide

  • 8 September 2014 11:10, by Force 1

    Sudan knows it well that the territories they mention as Abyei on South Sudan/Sudan border and Halayeb on Sudan/Egypt border are not their regions; that’s why they mention them anyway to include them in their electoral districts. The region Sudan truly know to be their region did they mention them? Absolutely not. If South Sudan say Kasala is its region; would anyone take South Sudan seriously? No

    • 8 September 2014 11:13, by Force 1

      The fools can just be allow to make a fool of themselves fantasizing with other people’s territories to make them feel as if they own anything but at the end of the day they are just sore losers.

  • 8 September 2014 17:12, by Mapuor

    Hhahahha Abyei is indeed a contested area and the sons of Abyei in both countries should unite and minimize their greed for wealth and face Khartoum.Deng Alor kept on criticizing president Kiir when his area of origin is in Sudan.Where is he going to contest in 2015 elections?Would Abyei people keep on chewing with two gums?!

    • 8 September 2014 20:32, by lino

      Hey Mapuur,

      I think that is the right spelling of your name. Where were you when Abyei Student demonstrated and got jailed in 1953-1954 even before Toreit Upraising?
      If not your retarded Cowboy who was saved many times by Deng Alor your mentioned, Abyei would have been freed since. Abyei problem was resolved by all means if you don’t understand and read agreement but your Cowboy is playing cards.

  • 9 September 2014 06:12, by tootke’bai-ngo

    MAPOUR,
    YOU ARE REALLY STUPID GUY. DENG ALOR AND OTHER SONS OF ABYEI LIBERATED GOKRIEL AND JUBA FOR KIIR &THOSE OF YOUR LIKE TO BE RESTING IN THEM TODAY. WHY IS ABYEI ISSUE BECAME A YORK ON ABYEINS; SHOULDERS ALONE? KIIR MAYARDIT IS A WORST BETRYER THAN RIEK MACHAR, HE STABBED THE PEOPLE OF ABYEI,BLUE NILE AND NUBA MTS ON THE BACK. THOSE COMRADES SHED THEIR BLOODS IN LIBERATION OF S. SUDAN. SHAME!



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