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SPLM candidate in East Equatoria State dominates preliminary results

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April 21, 2010 (JUBA) — Louis Lobong Lojore, an SPLM candidate for Eastern Equatoria State gubernatorial post, dominates preliminary polls result against, ex-governor Alesio Ojetuk who contests independently following his failure to secure endorsement of his candidature by political bureau of the ruling party early January.

Locals say both Ojetuk and Lobong are known rivals for the same post starting since their struggle for the party chairmanship at the state level in 2008, at the SPLM Boma congress elections leading to the conduct of second national convention held at Nyakuron culture center, Juba, in May 2008.

Ojetuk who briefly held the seat during transitional period, from 2005 to 2008 as governor on SPLM ticket, lost the chairmanship seat of the party to Lobong amid tribal accusations and counter accusations that elections were manipulated based on tribal hatred.

Lobong in January 2010, secured SPLM Electoral College initial nomination on behave of the southern ruling party, a nomination that saw immediate approval of the political bureau to run for gubernatorial post in East Equatoria as official nominee of the SPLM.

The approval of Lobong’s candidature was received with bitterness by Ojetuk supporters who hence encouraged him to contest elections independently with or without the SPLM support.

Okot Johnson Charles, an intellectual from the area who participated as poll officer, in Torit town, capital of Eastern Equatoria State, said ex-governor Brigadier General Ojetuk who contests independently leads SPLM official nominee, Louise Lobong in polling stations predominately Latuka areas including Torit town but little in other areas including SPLA barracks.

He said all SPLA barracks and other organized forces like police in the whole of Eastern have voted in favor of SPLM candidate making it possible for many people to speculate declaration of Lobong as next possible governor since he leads his rival in most populated areas outside Torit

Describing how elections were conducted in the state, he said it was peaceful as caretaker Governor, Brigadier General Johnson Okot did not compromise with incidents related to insecurity in the area before, during and after the polls. "This terrified criminals allowing elections to be conducted in peaceful environment. No cattle theft clashes occurred during the voting process to interrupt the poll," he said.

Security situation was normal but it was stiff political competition. There were only two strong camps though there were candidates from the other political parties contesting the same gubernatorial post, he said. These were between supporters of Ojetuk and Lobong, he said adding that one could find people in groups expecting potential voters in their favors, either as a supporter of Ojetuk leading independent groups or Louise Lobong who has won SPLM nomination.

The official who spoke to Sudan Tribune by phone, from the eastern Equatoria State capital of Torit, said at one polling station in Magwi County, Lobong received 7709 and Ojetuk managed to obtain 458. In Kapoeta South County, home town to SPLM gubernatorial candidate, Lobong, got 3931 and Ojetuk received zero votes. However, in Torit town, capital of the state, Ojetuk being one of his strongholds received more than Lobong. Ojetuk received 1269 while Lobong got only 667 votes.

Analysts and observers agree that people voted based on tribal linkage regardless of the records and credentials of the competing candidates.

The preliminary poll results also show that SPLM’s Arman who has already withdrawn from the race is ahead of the National Congress Party candidate, incumbent president Omer Bashir. In the three counties of Magwi, Torit, Kapoeta South, Arman was ever leading. In Kepoeta South, he (Arman) got 1474 and zero votes for Bashir.

In Torit town, Arman got 1307 and Bashir received 302. In Magwi, Arman got 7808 and Bashir again received zero votes. Equally, SPLM candidate for southern Sudan presidency, Salva Kiir led his main rival Lam Akol in all the stations. Akol got zero votes in both Magwi and Kapoeta counties but Kiir received 4881 in Kapoeta and 7857 in Magwi. Dr. Akol however got some votes in Torit town. He has 140 votes but yet Kiir received 1307more votes.

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  • 22 April 2010 06:18, by man of men

    Ahahahah look at lam Akol the shatdow of doom he get nothing at all level. shame on him

    where is that confused called logic gril to see what he always said Equatoria people are going to vote for DC who is DC death to DC doom cllaboration is it what it mean? ahahaha

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    • 22 April 2010 07:38, by maumau

      This is my home town Dinka Boy aka Man of men, there is always peace in any thing we do here. Brova Louis get yourself in the office. Ojetuk should return to the army, we know that he did a lot for us but his time has come to leave the office democratically. I predicted this results long ago. MAUMAU

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    • 22 April 2010 07:44, by Gatwech

      Bravo Lobong,

      I hope in this case the choice of the people of Eastern Equatoria will be respected.

      I only wonder why the choice of the people of Unity state and a number of other states is not respected and allowed to be rigged by the incumbents.

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    • 22 April 2010 23:59, by kuminyandi

      Breaking news,

      Malik Agar declared a winner in Blue Nile State.

      Kumi,

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  • 22 April 2010 06:41, by Aduol Liet

    To: all Eastern Equatorians People.

    You have got our thankfully to you all people. It true that when our late Dr. John Garang said, Sudan will not be same and it is up to Southern Sudanese to decide if they wanted to returned to second citizens which Northern Sudan dominating us since the independence of Sudan from British. Those who will vote for Omar al Bashir in Southern Sudan are Idiots and agents of collaborators fortunately, I think the most population of Southern Sudanese people understand very well that, we are not going to afford another Addis Ababa tactices and we are very please our people to keep up your willingness and do what is right for our next generations to come.

    Although there are many conditions facing Southern Sudanese and others Regions in the Sudan, we want you all to be very srong whatever, consequence is just manage it and make sure the Sharia Law will not be apply to none Arab believers because that is the first cause problem when they inluding Islamic agenda in to Sudan government. No matter how hard the Road to independence will be and no matter how bad your situation is look like with your family, we want our next generation to be free in Southern Sudan and that is our main goal for all these 22, plus years. Please be ready and be smart and do what is right to your people Southern Sudanese and thank you very much for your work.

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    • 22 April 2010 07:02, by James John

      DR. John Garang is not everyone hero only for Dinka and we have our own Hero and stop commenting on other people back....

      and remember this is Eastern Equatoria and everything can happen.

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      • 22 April 2010 07:14, by Pandit

        iam not going to say that all nuer are dumbe, however it is true that the society with most dumbe people is nuer, including you traitor james john, Kim and others

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    • 22 April 2010 07:26, by Padiet Gagag

      Southerness must know what had been happen in 1972 when the arab regim decieve them. Is important for you to lead yourself to be free from islamist laws. Did you see this freedom that you have for this short period of time,southsudan must be independ country.Our late leader said that we need new sudan,but not true we need only southsudan.

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      • 22 April 2010 07:39, by James John

        When are u people going to stop crying with Garang???? he died since and some people who are better than Garang died too so what is ur problem?

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        • 22 April 2010 08:04, by Toposa Boy Southerner

          The legal environment for free and fair elections does not exist,” Fouad Hikmat of the International Crisis Group states in a briefing paper on Darfur. “The international community should acknowledge that whoever wins will lack legitimacy.”
          Nearly 2.7 million people are displaced in Darfur and a large number of Darfur refugees are in Chad, while the conflict continues to directly affect two million more . . .
          In the South, according to the UN, at least 450 civilians have been killed and 40,000 displaced in inter-communal violence since the beginning of the year, bringing the total number of newly displaced people in that region to 440,000.

          Another article:

          With the SPLM candidate out of the way, the writing on the wall stands out ever more clearly: Bashir will win the presidential election.
          Not because the Sudanese leader is popular, but because he controls the key instruments of power – the army and the plain-clothes security organs in the north – which he has been manipulating since he seized power in a military coup in 1989.
          Opposition parties began taking claims of rigging seriously after it emerged on Apr. 1 that Sudan’s presidential ballots had been printed in Khartoum, the capital – at a firm controlled by the ruling NCP – instead of in South Africa as agreed earlier.
          Bashir also controls the state media – radio and television – and uses state funds and other resources such as helicopters and vehicles for his campaign. The majority of Sudan’s more than 80 opposition political parties have no access to such advantages. . .
          Even before the voting begins on Apr. 11, a confident Bashir has already announced his next move. He will start campaigning for the unity of the country immediately after the elections.
          “There will be no separation. Our people in the south will vote for unity voluntarily, through their own will,” Bashir said during a campaign in Sinjah, a town in eastern Sudan, on Apr. 1.
          Bashir’s imminent consolidation of power is worrying northern opposition parties. With the south disinterested in the elections and focusing on the referendum, they feel let down by the electoral process.

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        • 22 April 2010 10:16, by Mango

          Thanks the people of Eastern Equatoria. Eastern Eq. has the biggest number of uneducated people in the greater Eq.this election has shown your muturity in mind.
          Mango

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        • 22 April 2010 18:21, by R. TOOL

          James John, you’re a waste of space ....

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  • 22 April 2010 09:19, by Dinka Boy

    Thanks to Eastern Equatorian States for voting for Arman, Salva ,and your SPLM candidate. That is what we really want in Sudan. Let be strong this time.
    Thanks

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    • 22 April 2010 10:02, by Afredo christiani

      Getwich

      Election must be rig in unity state because three quarter ¾ of bentiu citizens were brain wash by Arabs. They associated with Omer Hassan El basher to extend of giving their daughters to northerners. Down, down, down Arabs supporters Taban must win the election to go for final assaults not lady who is friendly to the enemy. I said it loud and clear getwich go to hell

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    • 22 April 2010 10:07, by wacjak

      Dear James John,

      It is indeed unfortunate that somebody like would dare talk like a damn fool in the shit. Garang by international standard is not a hero for the Sudan’s marginalized communities but also icon for the whole world to emulate. If you don’t believe and accept that, then, it is cystal clear what your stand is in the South.

      Wonderful thing to hear what the Eastern Equatorians did in this historical event by choosing to side with the party and candidates of their choice. No need for intimidations as observed in EES. Many thanks indeed to the Care taker. This is what people want, give them the chance to decide to either fall into the dike or choose the label ground.

      It is at the same time unbelievable that our people are not yet ready to side with capable people and instead side with relatives.
      God, when will this trait leave the Sudanese society? Let us learn to choose people because of their qualities and not base on tribal lines. I don’t blame the Otukos here, but that is a general phenomenon in the whole of the South.

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  • 22 April 2010 10:59, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Bravo,E Equatoria state community,the state where i belong,my warm congrasultion goes to the caretaker governor H.E Brig Johnson Juma Okot for all the effort he did to make the april election in E Equatoria asuccess,i do believe that you will do more during the referendum vote.E Equatoria is the strong hole for SPLM/A movement.let all other states should follow the example of E Equatoria state,especially Upper Nile state which the mojority do not believe into our government GOSS.

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  • 22 April 2010 13:54, by American Missile.

    Louis Lobong must win the Governorship in East Equatoria,ojetuk will have to get another chance rather than hardlining his party.
    whatever,one can delivers is what the other one can do.

    SPLM Oyee.

    SPLM Political Activist.

    Majok AKotdit.

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