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November 22, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese National Elections Commission (NEC) announced a six day delay to the elections in order to allow more time for voters to register amid widespread criticism on the process.

Sudan state media carried a statement by the NEC saying that the voter registration deadline was extended till December 7th instead of November 30th and the elections date was moved up to April 11th 2010 instead of April 5th 2010.

The NEC said it considered in a meeting today “the observation of political parties and the impact on the current timeframe and the difficulties that led to the delay in the registration in some parts of Sudan it decided to extend the registration period”.

The commission added that this decision is aimed at pushing the people to register and for political powers and NGO’s to play a role of encouragement to the citizens.

In the last few weeks, opposition parties have called for extending the registration period and the NEC has promised to look into it.

This is the third delay in elections which was originally scheduled to be held by July 2009.

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  • 23 November 2009 06:29, by Oduck Bol

    Who care? Event it delay twenty times. As well as we stille breathing on the top of the earth.

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    • 23 November 2009 06:48, by longo pi

      23 November 2009 04:42, by longo pi
      November 2009 04:40, by longo pi Dinka Dog Where were you when Equatorians are building the the parliament buildings, the legislative, the current ministries which accommodate the GoSS (GOVERNMENT OF SELF SERVICE.

      Where is Abel Alier and, Francis Deng, and BIG COWARD and tribalists JOHN GARANG WHO was given one star by General Joseph Lagu in 1972 without even he know how to shoot a gun by the time he arrived from Tanzania as student???. Garang kept those good things done to him by General Joseph Lagu, he hide it from Dinka to know. Only Abel Alier knows that General Joseph Lagu was the one who PUT GARANG IN THE MILITARY UNIFORM.

      But Dinka Dog kept asking Equatorians where were you? because he is trully ignorant Dinka. Because he don’t know when Coward Garang was going to sign CPA that was brought by USA, HE WAS READING ADIS ABAB 1972 ACCORD AS A REFERENCE.

      KIIR can ask this question yes! because in 1972 he was Nimari’s spy security Dog boy who fail to finish his intermidiate school, NOT EVEN SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL.

      Dinka Dog please keep asking this questions!!!. History books for Southern Sudan are coming from Great Britain. All about 1972 Man. And Do not panic

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      • 23 November 2009 13:14, by Jay

        eheheh... that was good excuse, they left the truth behind Cuz this motherfuckers don’t even know the thruth. Fuck, they all run after wealth, greedy DOGs, that ignore the rest of the south think that the S.sudan is for them. GOOd you’re here to tell them the truth..

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    • 23 November 2009 09:03, by xuller

      Talk with tattoo equipment me.as moonlight tattoo machine sparkles dreams

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    • 23 November 2009 14:49, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      let lam akol and other hungery power kiss Dinka ass befor they became leader lam akol and his like are joke

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    • 23 November 2009 20:26, by Greater Equatoria

      In arelated news from Uganda newvision.

      LRA’s Joseph Kony to seek protection from Sudan army
      Sunday, 22nd November, 2009

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      Arop showing where two bullets are still stuck in his stomach

      Arop showing where two bullets are still stuck in his stomach

      By Els De Temmerman

      LRA leader Joseph Kony has instructed his troops to move into Darfur and report to the first detachment of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) seeking protection and logistical support.

      This was revealed by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) director of operations, ‘Lt. Col.’ Charles Arop, who surrendered earlier this month and was flown to Kampala last week.

      “The last time we communicated, in August, Kony said all LRA units should move northwards, enter the first Arab defence and ask them to communicate that we are there,” Arop, 32, told The New Vision.

      According to Arop, Kony was planning to move along the Central African border to Chad and then enter into Darfur to meet SAF officers.

      “He told me he was going to meet Fadil, the SAF officer who coordinates LRA activities. He wants the Arabs to give him logistical support and a safe haven.”

      Asked what pushed the LRA to flee to their long-time backers, Arop said: “Kony is desperate. Things are really hard. We were constantly on the move. Sometimes we would not rest for a week. The UPDF was pursuing us everywhere.”

      He estimates that there are only about 250 rebels left, half the number they had before Operation Lightning Thunder, the joint offensive of the armies of Uganda, Congo and Southern Sudan.

      “Before the December 14 attack, we had about 500 fighters and 300 unarmed civilians. Most have died or defected since. We now have between 250 and 300 fighters left and not more than 100 civilians.”

      Arop, who was himself abducted from Gulu at the age of 16, believes that the LRA would have been finished by now had the UPDF not delayed deploying in the Central African Republic.

      “When the LRA relocated to the Central African Republic, it took time for UPDF to catch up and take up positions. They gave Kony ample time to prepare and abduct more.”

      Kony’s communication system has been seriously disrupted since Operation Lightning Thunder, said Arop.

      “Since December 14, he no longer communicates on phone. He now sends one of his security men on foot to convey messages. They would move 10 to 20km away from him and then communicate on phone.”

      In the past week Arop has assisted the Ugandan army to get out the rest of his unit from eastern Congo.

      A total of 34 rebels reported to the UPDF intelligence squad in Faradje on Thursday. As a result, Faradje area, the closest LRA location to Uganda, has been completely cleared.

      Christmas massacres
      The atrocities committed by Arop’s group have been widely documented by human rights groups and are among the worst the Congolese suffered at the hands of the LRA.

      On Christmas day, his fighters killed at least 143 people in Faradje and abducted 160 children. According to survivors, the LRA crushed their victims’ skulls with axes and bats. They also set fire to 940 houses, three schools and nine churches.

      They killed another 86 people in the first week of January in the towns of Sambia, Akua and Tomate, to the south of Faradje.

      The massacres were in retaliation for the participation of the Congolese army in Operation Lightning Thunder, said Arop.

      “Kony said the December 14 attack was carried out by the combined forces, including the Congolese. If that is the case, he said, you should go to Faradje and attack them.”

      Earlier, the Congolese had annoyed Kony by handing over LRA defectors to the Ugandan army, he added, particularly around Duru.

      Arop recalled that a few days after the joint offensive started, Kony selected him and 71 soldiers and gave them orders: to attack Faradje town on December 25.

      “He told us that if there was one gunshot from the Congolese, anybody found in Faradje had to be killed; those able to be turned into soldiers had to be abducted.”

      Faradje, he said, was chosen because it was the nearest place where such massacres would have an impact and where they would get international publicity.

      Asked why he did not defect with his fighters at that time, Arop said he was himself closely watched by a group Kony had attached to his unit.

      “Kony gave 30 of his bodyguards to join my group. There was no way I could not execute the mission. They had a phone and were constantly reporting to him. If I refused, I would have been killed.”

      Asked how he felt about the killings, an uneasy Arop said: “It was painful but you have to do it. I want to ask the relatives of those we killed to forgive me. Whatever we did, we did it under orders.”

      Arop eventually escaped when he found himself with only one fighter left as they were trying to meet messengers Kony had sent. Earlier, after Kony had called back his 30 bodyguards, he had split up his unit in three.

      Of the 14 in his group, three were killed; the rest got scattered after they were attacked, and reported to UPDF one by one.

      Supplies
      Asked where they got their weapons, ammunition and new uniforms from, Arop said they received enough supplies from SAF, many of which were still buried in river banks and hills in Southern Sudan.

      “For example in Apatalanga Hill, the mountain range overlooking Agoro Hills, we hid 200 submachine guns, 10 SPG9 missiles, seven 12mm machine guns and four multi-purpose grenade launchers. There are still a lot of arms caches the UPDF has not yet unearthed.”

      In Congo, Arop said, they seized weapons from the UN soldiers they ambushed and killed; and on January 2 this year, his unit overran a detachment of game rangers in Garamba National Park and opened their arms depot.

      “We could not carry all the weapons. We picked 36 submachine guns, one G3-gun, two micro galil guns, two NATO guns, one PK machinegun and one rocket propelled grenade.”

      In addition, he said, they took solar panels, laptops, walkie-talkies, radios, compasses, raincoats and 170 pairs of uniforms.

      “We also burned two planes we found at the airstrip. We saw some white people running away but we did not shoot at them.”

      As for food, before Operation Lightning Thunder they relied on the supplies given by Caritas during the peace talks.

      “We would collect the food from Ri-Kwangba (the place where LRA fighters were supposed to assemble and be disarmed) and carry it to Garamba,” he explained.

      “Every month we received 200 bags of beans, 200 bags of rice, 200 bags of posho, 100 jerry-cans of cooking oil, 100 boxes of wheat flour, 100 sachets of salt and 100 boxes of soap.”

      Asked about his worst experience in captivity, Arop said the death and horrific injuries of his colleagues. He showed the nine bullets that hit him in the stomach, arm, shoulder and leg, three of which are still inside his body.

      Like other commanders who defected before him, Arop said Kony keeps surviving because he never takes part in battles.

      “Whenever attacked, he runs away and leaves his fighters to fight back. I have never seen him fight.”

      And like his colleagues, he does not believe Kony will voluntarily give up the struggle, even not when the ICC indictment is lifted.

      “Kony wants to fight until he overthrows the Government of Uganda. He will never sign a peace agreement. He cannot believe that once he allows himself to be disarmed, he will be forgiven. Signing means you have lost the war and abandoned rebellion. But he does not want to abandon rebellion.”

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  • 23 November 2009 06:52, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    It seem that both SPLA and NCP are not ready for election, they are unprepare. Away who is concern about your election Lam Akol is either president or vice president of South. Kiir will qualitifed to serve as governor of Bor because Igga and Riek will discsse who will be a president and vice of South Sudan. Kuol will be a commioner of Bor and rest of dinkas will find their way to look after their cattle. End of election and story!!

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    • 23 November 2009 07:13, by Gatbentiu

      Abel and his team,keep on delaying until the truth will be found.
      Referendum will also be push to 2012 since election was pushed from July 2009 to April 5th 2010 and now to April 11th 2010.
      According to the report SPLM was not involved by Abel and these fake opposition parties which are the puppet of NCP.
      Let’s wait and see the reaction of Juba.

      dholbentiu@gmail.com

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    • 23 November 2009 08:18, by Nowa Gatkuoth

      Yeah, man. The truth will be find. Lam Will travel on a smooth path to GoSS presidency. That is the only truth we will see after the Election.

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      • 23 November 2009 10:24, by Peter Nhiany

        Dear South Sudanese,

        regardless the reaction of those idiot who comment of insane mind who do not look far between their feet, NEC is playing rediculous game in the election process. Where the hell on the earth the should be delayed three times? What is wrong with NEC. Well, for those who mentioned delaying of referredum, it is a hot game, and any affiliated organization with NEC or NCP would never dare to attempt to delay it. South Sudan should declare independent by the end of 2010. Thanks be to God, Amen. Peace to you all.

        Peter.

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        • 23 November 2009 11:00, by Wudutman

          Dear Logic:
          You put them in a right by your mouth but not action. This peace is not like 1972 Agreement. And all these powers sharing in the Country will be share equally throughout the region but only presidency seat will be under care of strongest Region. All the enemies of peace and food lovers better then home will be turnout after referendum. We are not yet trusted others tribes in the South though to claim for the presidency no we could. Lets Lam tried weather by Burrell of gun or politically let him try.

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        • 23 November 2009 11:07, by Mike Mike

          Logic, Your government of three ethnic tribes is going to fail iam quite sure about because you didn’t know the brain of the people you choose now to build up a government with them. And it is the first time for me to hear a government of some particular tribes to rule the big area like South Sudan. What a jok is that government. You will hatred Dinka upto the extend of your heart but there is nothing is going to happen to us and this current government of ours, and we will rule you till the end of your life, unless if you run to North that is where you dempted yourself out from our rope. Fuck you to the hell.

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  • 23 November 2009 22:14, by The world is watching us

    This delay was probably created by the NCP to achieve some kind of Initiative that Salva Kirr is oblivous to. The problem with Goss is that our President Salva Kirr has surrounded himself with an idiot named Akot Laul who received a G.E.D. in the united states but is now the most powerful Presidential advisor in Southern Sudan. Further more our great hero’s Like Oyai Deng Ajak, Salva Mathok Gengdit, and others are exiled into retierment because they were well aware of what was going on. We must ask Kirr why he lets people who learn their political tactics from playing chest like Akot Laul have such a profound influence on policy making?

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  • 24 November 2009 05:25, by Gatwech

    Readers,

    This election means confirming Omer Al-Bashir as President of Sudan and installing Dr. Lam Akol as President of South Sudan.

    It is now very clear to any sound minded person that Dr. Lam Akol is like a sharp thorn in the ass of the SPLM in the South. By winning the political consensus with all the eight political parties in the South, Dr. Lam has proven that he is a smarter strategist and far more intelligent than 90% of the SPLM leadership. He has outwitted the party leadership!

    Now this leaves the SPLM with few painful choices to avoid being embarrassingly defeated in the coming elections by Dr. Lam Akol.

    1/ To boycott the elections all together. This will however have its consequences; resulting to boycott of the referendum and anger by Southerners who have been patiently waiting for elections to remove this incompetent leadership.

    2/ The SPLM will conduct and fail elections but will refuse to handover power to Dr. Lam Akol. This will cause outrage in the South and possible internal civil war. The international community will condemn the SPLM for violating the democratic transformation by refusing to handover power to the elected leader. NCP will side with the world to remove the illegal SPLM leadership after elections defeat.

    3/ Or SPLM has to nominate a competent leader that can really face Dr. Lam Akol and other eight political parties.This should be someone who can defuse the alliance Dr. Lam Akol has established and win back to SPLM alliance some if not all of these political parties. Salva Kiir’s nomination for South Sudan presidency may make things even worse than they currently stand. It is more likely that the nomination process within the SPLM may cause internal crisis if not handled fairly.

    Guys, you can dismiss this political development but it is real! NCP has already in advance declared Dr. Lam Akol as the next President of the South. Believe me, in this confused state of affairs within the SPLM party, Dr. Lam will rise victorious! SPLM has no political guidance as we write and failed to make timely and wise nominations. And it has lost the eight political parties already to Dr. Lam Akol. This is a real situation!

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