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Ngok Dinka candidates from Abyei to run in Sudan elections: official


February 22, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese co-chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC), Hassan Ali Nimir, said that nominees from Ngok Dinka will run for the national parliament and the legislative council of West Kordofan state in Sudan’s general elections in April.

Abyei residents line up to receive humanitarian assistance (Photo: Tim McKulka/UNMISS)

Last October, the head of the higher elections committee in West Kordofan state said that Abyei administration will not be included within the state’s regional and national constituencies, noting that only areas north of border line 10° N will participate in the elections.

Nimir revealed that electoral process in the disputed Abyei will be secured according to the rules of the National Election Commission (NEC) if the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) rejects to carry out the task.

He told the pro-government Sudan Media Center (SMC) website that several candidates from Al-Mairam, Al-Dabab and Stait areas are running for the legislative council and the national parliament, saying that nominees of Ngok Dinka in Abyei area include Magid Yak and Awin Zakaria Ateem.

The Sudanese official stressed that he inspected the resident’s conditions during his recent visit to Abeyi within the framework of regular contacts between the committee and the citizens and in accordance with the directives of the first vice president, Bakri Hassan Salih.

He announced that 50% of the agricultural equipments will be handed over to Abyei residents during the next couple of days.

The status of Abyei was addressed in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), but a planned referendum to decide the future of the region never went ahead due to disagreement over who would be eligible to participate in the vote.

Khartoum wants the Misseriya, who enter the area with their cattle for part the year, to participate, whereas Juba maintains that under the deal only those permanently residing in the area are eligible to take part.

After waiting almost three years for agreement between Khartoum and Juba over their plebiscite the Southern-aligned Ngok Dinka held a unilateral vote in October last year in which they almost unanimously opted to join South Sudan.

The voting result was dismissed by Khartoum and Juba. Also the African Union and the international community refused to recognise the vote.


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  • 23 February 2015 09:50, by Big Boy

    The metioned areas are not with abyei territory Al-Mairam, Al-Dabab and Stait areas are running for the legislative council and the national parliament, saying that nominees of Ngok Dinka in Abyei area include Magid Yak and Awin Zakaria Ateem. and those tow dinka ngok who are nominees this positon are like Riak machar food-lover so we are not worried aabout them miss Numir!

  • 23 February 2015 15:09, by Hardlinner

    Abyei is currently neither under south or north sudan. Therefore it is baseless for people of abyei to participate in sudan parliamentary election and that also apply to south sudan. North sudan need to be logical regarding the abyei stand and position.

    • 24 February 2015 07:47, by Big Boy

      Dear Hardline!
      You talk like cowadis man as i know those who make abyei territory not determine to south is you guyz? what do you mean by Abyei people are basless not to partiticipant even in South Sudan forthcoming election? and those people they are our blood brothers and sisters? South Sudan without abyei is useless as everyone knew that!that’s why you feel jealous to northern part!!

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