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Electoral board pledges to ensure good conditions for Sudan elections

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August 17, 2009 (KHARTOUM) --- Sudan’s election board pledged today to work seriously to ensure the conduct of the elections in good conditions. Also it said would transmit the opposition demands to the Sudanese presidency.

A delegation of the Sudanese opposition forces met today with the National Elections Commission (NEC) to present their demands to amend laws restricting public freedoms.

The opposition forces on Saturday have demanded the dominant National Congress Party to change a number of laws particularly the security law and criminal procedure law allow security service to prevent public meetings. They threatened to boycott the elections if these changes are not made before the end of October.

The NEC Secretary General Mohamed Ahmed Galal told reporters the opposition delegation demanded to create the necessary conditions allowing them to conduct public meetings in a democratic atmosphere and without any interference or obstruction.

The NEC, for its part, said willing to continuously consult with the political forces for the success of the next year election and work to overcome obstacles and difficulties encountered.

Also the electoral body promised to communicate the memorandum of the opposition to the Presidency of the Republic and to discuss its content with the concerned organs.

The opposition alliance of 24 political forces includes the Umma Party, The Democratic Unionist Party, the Popular Congress Party, the Sudanese Communist Party.

(ST)

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  • 18 August 2009 05:14, by Kur

    If those stupid laws enforeced by the cowards who stole power through a coup are still functioning, how do they claim that there will be a fair election? They know that they can’t win a fair election, so they are trying to restrict the political activities of other parties to derail their campaign. If this electoral body is independent, it should work to ensure fair election, or else we will consider them part of the NIF political plot.

    Kur

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    • 18 August 2009 08:02, by John Migie

      I can never trust anything that comes out of North Sudan they are just interested in our Land not us.

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      • 18 August 2009 09:30, by budi 23rd journalist

        WE EQUATORIANS DONT TRUST IN THIS DINKA GOVERNMENT TOO. LOOK AT THE WAY THEY HARASH OUR EQUATORIANS FARMERS.

        SPLM/A makes life hard for the Azande The assassination of Mrs. Biringi was allegedly made in the SPLA/M barracks where I was saving as an SPLA solider. We decided to escape from Yambio after intercepting the information from within the barracks. It was not only the assassination of Miriam in the plan, but more other individuals also. I was threatened by a fellow solider after asking some questions about the ongoing plan to eliminate innocent people. But I was cautioned that some people are working underground against SPLA/M, and they are likely going to be given a taste of bitter herbs. When I realized that my position as a captain in the army was not respected, I decided to cross to Congo and live in exile than insecure at home. I am not surprised to hear the death of Miriam coming from SPLA/M. At one time I was involved in a case where some Dinka insisted that they will not leave town houses in Yambio. Although these houses belonged to us the Azandes, Dinka in Yambio claimed that they’re Arab houses and refugees from exile were subdued to live in reserves areas originally meant for farming. As Zandes, we were predominately agriculturalists, but Dinka are grazing anyhow in the farm areas and most of them are on the pay roles. These made life very hard to the local population and most of the dirty jobs automatically became work of Zandes, and with little earning. Food items that come from Congo and Uganda are been bought by Dinka who also called themselves millionaire of 21st century. It was a long way, but now I knew SPLA is a tribal entity, with a clear vision, the rest of southern tribes will soon be forced from every tribal land to fight this Devil SPLA/M. Dinka are having an agenda in which the rest of southern Sudanese are locked behind bars. Target the south Government was a platform, SPLA/M is all about making Equatoria a Dinka land. In Tombora-Yambio, most street names have been changed in Dinka, and the native people that are complaining about such changes are locked behind bars. Gabriel Jacob Gasi, DR. Congo

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      • 18 August 2009 12:06, by Ajawuk Juma

        Hi John Migie,

        It is good to practice your English as we all know that this site becomes a learning centre for everyone to come for English practice and tribal hatred which has nothing to do with politics. But you have to choose between tribalist and nationalist because your comments are irritating to concern Southern Sudanese who are so optimistic about the future of this country!!!!

        Thanks you

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