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June 10, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan may delay once again the general elections in the country which will mark the end of the interim period that started in July 2005 following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

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File Photo showing Enumerators from the Sudan Commission for Census and Statistical Evaluation prepare for interviews with residents on the opening day of Sudan’s 5th National Population and Housing Census in Khartoum (AP)

Initially the presidential and parliamentary elections on national and state levels were supposed to be held before July 2009. But, Sudan electoral board decided to delay elections to February 2010, a decision justified by the needed preparations and some achievement of some crucial outstanding issues.

"We are considering a modification, an adjustment of our old timeframe to accommodate the delays that have taken place," said Abdallah Ahmed Abdallah,the deputy chairman of the National Elections Commission in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday.

It would "not be very much of a delay" he added.

The Sudanese official did not suggest any new timeframe but said voter registration — originally set for June — would now likely start in November after disruptive rains have finished.

"Some of the intervals and the stages are dictated by law so you cannot accelerate the stages," he further said.

The peace process signed in January 9, 2005 was supposed to lead the country to the first free democratic elections still faces many hindrances and delays since the death of John Garang who was supposed to be its principal actor.

The outcome of the fifth census is now rejected by the SPLM which request a political agreement over the issue but the dominant National Congress Party continues to believe that the southern Sudan ruling party has to accept the internationally monitored results.

Besides, the security law and Abyei issue, the North-South border still not defined. Boundaries delineation on paper could be done by September and on-the-ground demarcation by December, Abdallah said.

Also the Darfur conflict that erupted since six years ago does not seem of a major concern for the SPLM which focuses its efforts in the 2011 referendum. However, many unresolved questions are raised over the participation of the displaced and the refugees in eastern Chad.

The deputy head of the independent electoral board said they did not yet decided whether Sudanese refugees abroad will be allowed to vote and, if so, how.

Last April when the deferral of the elections was announced, the SPLM warned that this should not delay the exercise of 2011 referendum that would determine the political future of Southern Sudan.

SPLM Deputy Chairperson, James Wani Igga, who also chairs the SPLM election committee, stressed, last April after the delay, the need to vote the referendum bill and to complete the demarcation process of the North-South border.

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  • 11 June 2009 07:30, by Garang Arok

    The word "comprehensive peace agreement"is nothing in itself if it does not address the issues agreed upon to the letter.This means if all the protocals signed are not respected,every thing still fluid,what is the need for general elections under fake one-sudan.

    This is still a transition of totalitarian guides propagated and officially documented by islamic regimes which have trodden sudan to hell for a very long time ,these are merely the ideologies that add no inch of development since the installation of the so called formal adminstrationin sudan but which in reality is not true ,it has been just a misguiding mist put forward by guns and all kind of terrorist threats to make it sound like there is a government in the country,only meeting the definitions of sovereignty.

    The SPLM/A should watch out carefully,since it is the only movement that stood with clear objectives as opposed to the central islamised and incompetent systems or else every thing rather than reality is a propaganda.

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    • 11 June 2009 08:25, by Lokorai

      That is not acceptable Mundukuru! Don’t stretched our people to anger, the election must not be delayed; February is ideal before rains start pouring.

      Mullana Alier, please we are tired here in the South, we need a change of guards so that the weaklings could go home quickly and serious leaders come in.

      Lokorai

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    • 11 June 2009 08:27, by Sala Gai

      Dear all NCP

      Ahmad abdala

      watch away with your stupidness NCP wa shall not except your delay it is must be conducted in date mention in the last agreement by two.
      I think this delay will inquire political issue

      Abel please act like John for people knokn one can some good for your area due to the good mentality

      A wise man far away from wrong government

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    • 11 June 2009 08:30, by budi 23rd journalist

      Huh.
      I can see some NEC NCP affilated figures want to play their Game again by posponding election, thats gonna be very owkward of them, what I dont know is that, What is the role of Abel Alier here, it seems to me like he is just played for, why should his junior talk on behavlf of him while he sut a hell up like that, mmmh perhaps he has been sold who knows just like what he did to people during the fallen Agreements, Im really afraid if Refurendum gonna take place too. thats is the disrespect of the CPA at high level.
      So Junubin, lets joint hane together and deal as a group this time, lets leave tribal verbal clashes alone. some people have Big rotten tangues here, lets first save our ass then talk about tribalism after refurendum.

      Budi, is a chukudum Boy far from tribalism but hate being oppress. Lets joint hand at this critical time. Junub Oyeee.

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    • 11 June 2009 09:04, by DHARCHEP

      Hey Mr Micheal Madit Magot,

      I know that you are really fate up about Dr Lam Akol’s attribution, but please have mercy on him. There is a time for everything such as time to enjoy, time to work, time to do other routines things and lastly, there is a time for death. Amongst those luxury times mentioned above, only time for death can not be cancelled, but the others can be cancelled because the serve menial things on us. Dr Lam Akol is well known through his sinister things he have done since his first formation of the SPLM/UNITED and the SPLM/DC he had formed recently. My question is that, did Lam Akol show the objectives of the first SPLM/UNITED as a party? As I know, Dr Lam Akol, didn’t show any substantial relevances objectives of the SPLM/UNITED since the time he formed this party until he formed SPLM/DC as another party. So to me, I don’t care because this Lam Akol’s party will not function like the one he formed for the first time and at the same time, this party will be disbanded at any interval time. So, don’t worried about that. Dr Lam Akol has a right to form many parties as he wants, but what I do know is that it will not work completely because the characters are they one that support the goals, but if characters are insufficiences, then everything remains in disarray.

      What I do know from our deserted leaders so far, is just matter of revealing their own intelligencies, but they are not knowledgeable about how to run the policies of the Movement and its aims of formation. SPLM/SPLA has been under threat from the very beginning since 1983 until this present time. SPLM/SPLA, was formed under one umbrella and its aim are very transparent to anyone who was in the Movement except only those who affiliated themselves in a late time. My advice to you is that, the word of mouth always end with nothing, but kept your own disputes in the inner center of your heart.

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    • 11 June 2009 11:58, by Apalo Mana

      I think you are going to miss out a very important point which is general elections of the Sudan because the preparation has done only by [NCP] in the North and not yet in the other three parts of the Sudan specially in the westren parts and if the elections should take place in the Sudan what about the majorities of the Sudanese living overseas are they have no right to particiapate in these elections which are the general election and referendum as there were some[ SPLA] leaders they held sessions in paticular countries in the world and they made promises in this issuses,what I am saying is the Sudanese overseas need registeration for the elections in the Sudan only one thing I want to remind the[ SPLA] is the comprehensive peace a greement of 2005

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  • 11 June 2009 08:59, by Chaplain Lolaki

    The question of delaying Sudan election is propaganda of those who want to see sudanese in trouble.

    Let us watch out because SOME of the people who sold the Southern Sudanese Independence are still with us and they want to see the problem of Sudan Continue.

    Let’s rise and work to accomplish our Task Stipulated in the CPA.

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    • 11 June 2009 09:42, by Dekery

      The issue of delaying the Sudan election on my view I don’t see the importance of conducting election schedule for February 2010.

      It is already very’ very tolate. What will the new elected democratic leaders do in a period less than a year if the whole four passed years has been the years of bitter differences.

      Cancel that Sudan election and save some more fund for conducting the referendum.

      Dekery’

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    • 11 June 2009 09:48, by Saaid Nafe

      Southerns should not worry about delayment of the coming election,because the coming election suppose to justify unity between the two part of the sudan(north and the south).Therefore since the unity is neglected by delayment of the coming election but I would like to say that 2011 referendum election should not be delay because it was written in blood ink and is only pourly for southerns alone.We will not allow anybody either form any party to play with it.

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      • 11 June 2009 10:54, by Hillary B.M.L,M

        You are correct right here, we don’t care about election. We care these two words: Unity and Separation. which is we are to choose in 2011, which if push forward then means CPA is in the Recycle bin and War is imminent.

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        • 11 June 2009 16:06, by Geoffrey Joseph

          Ohhhh!!!! This is an annoying statement.What is GoSS actually doing in regard of this election? Please GoSS we are not ready for UNITY again.Please think, think, think, and think again. Don’t keep postponing this election any how. It will result to postponing referendum. Anything you do today will affect tomorrow’s programme.

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          • 12 June 2009 00:39, by szalan

            This Agreement is going nowhere to doomsday. The CPA since its inception is not comprehensive. You have one side working for sectionalism and another for nationalism. The consequent are likely separation, war, or unity. Too bad these three are inevitable given the culture of the political elites in the Sudan.

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