Home | News    Saturday 31 January 2015

Sudan’s NCF to campaign for election boycott


January 30, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese opposition alliance of the National Consensus Forces (NCF) said it will launch next week a campaign to boycott the general elections scheduled for April.

Farouk Abu Issa (R-C) chairs a meeting of the opposition National Consensus Forces on 10 September 2014 (ST)

The spokesperson of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCoP), Bakri Youssef, stated that all signatories of the “Sudan Call” charter will participate in the campaign which will be launched under the slogan Erhal (Leave).

“Delegates from these political forces have approved the program of the campaign which will include addressing the public in commercial markets and places of public gatherings to urge them to boycott the elections,” he said.

On 3 December, Sudanese political and armed opposition forces and civil society organisations signed in Addis Ababa the “Sudan Call” for the end of war, dismantlement of the one-party state, achievement of a comprehensive peace and democratic transition in the country.

The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir accused signatories of the “Sudan Call” of being agents to foreign powers and warned them from returning to the country.

While the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested NCF’s chairman, Farouq Abu Issa, and head of the Alliance of the Sudanese Civil Society Organisations, Amin Maki Madani, after their return from Addis Ababa where they signed the “Sudan Call” accord with rebel groups.

Youssef pointed the campaign will also include opening of 30 parallel polling stations at the headquarters of the opposition parties, saying that people will use a ballot card reading “I am boycotting elections”.

He pointed that dozens of similar polling stations will be opened across the country at a later stage.

According to Youssef, the campaign will be launched next Wednesday in a public rally which will be addressed by several opposition leaders at the headquarters of the National Umma Party (NUP).

Sudan Tribune was unable to reach any government official for comment on whether authorities will allow the opposition forces to launch the campaign to boycott the elections or it will prevent it.

On Wednesday, Sudan’s interior minister, Ismat Abdel-Rahman, said that police will not allow any actions aimed at undermining security or disrupting elections. Leading figures at the NCP also warned against attempts to sabotage elections.

Meanwhile, the leading figure at the Reform Now Movement (RNM) which recently suspended participation in the government-led national dialogue, Hassan Rizg, told Sudan Tribune that they agree with the NCF on boycotting elections but said the two sides have not coordinated on the latter’s campaign to achieve that purpose.

The NCP rejects calls by all the Sudanese political forces to postpone the general election scheduled for April until after the national dialogue and formation of a transitional government, saying it is a constitutional requirement that must be met.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Why Sudan’s interests lie U.S. delisting and normalization with Israel 2020-10-22 06:08:56 By: Trayo A. Ali How will the de-linking of the American process for removing Sudan from the State Sponsor of Terror (SST) list from its process of normalizing relations with Israel diminish the (...)

No to calls for anti-peace protests 2020-10-22 06:07:08 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Some traditional Sudanese political parties have grown old and are crying out to demand that the Sudanese people go out on October 21, 2020, in a major demonstration to (...)

The 21 October March: Who is the Enemy? 2020-10-21 05:52:11 By Yasir Arman One of the main features of the December revolution is its vitality and the broad participation of women and youth, resistance committees, martyrs' families, forces from the (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudan: Performing arts is not a crime, assaulting women and artists is! 2020-09-20 08:54:28 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Sudan is still struggling with militant Islamist ideology KHARTOUM: Central Khartoum Primary Court issued a verdict against five (...)

Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments 2020-08-14 07:11:00 A Collaborative Civil Society Statement in Response to The Law of Various Amendments (Abolishing and Amending Provisions Restricting Freedom) – Exposing ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ Sudanese women (...)

Remarks by SRF leaders at the Friend of Sudan meeting on peace 2020-08-13 07:58:58 Chairman of the Friends of Sudan Conference, Your Excellency, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The Prime Minister of Sudan and the participating team from the (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.