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TEXT: Sudan opposition parties demand postponement of elections

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March 21, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The leaders of the major opposition parties in Sudan has pushed a memo to the presidency requesting that April elections be postponed until next November in order to allow for major reforms in a number of laws primarily relating national security and media.

The 17 signatories to this letter gave the presidency a week to positively respond else they will meet and decide the next step. They do not include the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) or the Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan Al-Turabi.

"The Political Forces will then hold a joint meeting with the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement, no later than a week from the date of submitting its memorandum to the Presidency. The purpose of the meeting will be to study the response of the SPLM and announce its final decision based on the unanimity of the decision by the political parties" the memo reads.

"In the event that the NCP refuses the postponement of elections.......the Political forces will meet to consider: (i) withdrawing their confidence from the National Election Commission; (ii) undertake a decisive stance as regards conducting partial elections in April that are distorted and that lack the minimum fundamental requirements for conducing them freely and fairly. Such a stance will be considered by the Political Forces so as not to participate in the falsification of the will of the Sudanese people and to distance themselves from threats to the stability of Sudan structure by a continuation of the war in Darfur and a return to war in south Sudan".

The parties said that "the political and legal environment in the country are not conducive to conducting free and fair elections". They also cited population census errors and recent directive by the electoral board to delay polls in South Kordofan.

The PCP political secretary Kamal Omer said at a press conference yesterday that his party’s decision to dissent from other opposition parties was caused by failure of Darfur talks in Doha and that running in the elections will expose the fraud committed by the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

The SPLM has called on the establishment of the Presidency to call for an immediate dialogue in which all political parties should participate and decide on whether to postpone the general elections in the country scheduled for 11th April.

In a statement published on Sunday by the Southern Sudan-based The Citizen newspaper, the SPLM’s presidential candidate, Yasir Arman, who is contesting against the incumbent President, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and other ten candidates said the present political atmosphere is unfavorable for conducting free and fair elections.

Fearing for possible rigging of the elections by the NCP, the SPLM expressed annoyance at printing the polling cards in Sudan and criticized the National Elections Commission (NEC) for its failure to block those unfavorable procedures.

Arman lamented that cards have been printed in the local money mint in Khartoum instead of printing them in South Africa, Slovenia and Britain as previously arranged.

The NEC said a bid for printing the voting slips was advertised and two Sudanese companies secured it and that due to time constraints one set of the cards was diverted from a Slovenian company to a Sudanese one stressing that at each step this process was made with the participation of UNMIS elections office.

Arman also said there was need to correct the technical and political flaws in demarcation of constituencies and the population census before his party could decide to participate or not in the elections.

Arman affirmed SPLM’s support for the position of the political forces and alerted that failure to resolve the issues will lead to grave consequences.

The SPLM’s candidate for the national presidency who has this week visited Darfur states expressed his discontent with NCP’s disregard of memoranda raised by the political forces, disclosing that SPLM can decide on either to postpone the elections only after the proposed all-political parties meeting in held.

IGAD’s recent summit in Nairobi, Kenya, and Egyptian government had suggested that both elections and referendum be delayed.

Neighboring Eritrean President, Isaias Afwerki, also advised that elections be postponed and priority be given to the conduct of referendum in the South after which the elections could be conducted at a later date either in a confirmed united Sudan or separately in two different countries.

The NCP has rejected any delay to the elections while the SPLM’s chairman, Salva Kiir, in his response during the IGAD summit warned that if there were to be any delay to the elections the decision would be made in a way that would not affect the conduct of the referendum in January 2011.

"The people of Southern Sudan give more importance to referendum than to the elections and are ready to defend it [referendum] at any cost," he said.

The Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) which recently signed a truce with Khartoum has pressed for a postponement to allow people of Darfur and Kordofan to participate. However, some reports indicated that they may have softened their stance.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a statement today warned that repression of Sudanese opponents and media by Khartoum is threatening the chances of having fair and free elections.

“Conditions in Sudan are not yet conducive for a free, fair, and credible election,” Georgette Gagnon, the US-based rights group’s Africa director, said in a statement.

In the statement, HRW said major areas of concern included “restrictions on freedom of assembly and expression, freedom of the press, and equal access to the media.”

The media crackdown included a decision by the authorities to summon two editors for articles critical of President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir. He is standing for re-election despite being wanted for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the conflict-ravaged western Sudanese region of Darfur.

Bashir “is a fugitive from justice. He should be in The Hague answering to charges of heinous crimes committed in Darfur, not flouting Khartoum’s obligations to cooperate with the International Criminal Court.” Gagnon said.

Sudan is set to stage its first multi-party elections in 24 years from April 11 to 13 as part of a 2005 peace agreement that ended a decades-old civil war between north and south.

Below is the text of the letter


The Sudanese Political Forces have unanimously agreed on the importance of reforming all the laws related to freedoms and democratic transformation to conform with the interim constitution as a pre-condition to their participation in the upcoming elections. Of critical importance will be reform of the National Security Act - the Criminal Act - the Criminal Procedures Act - Trade Unions Act - Immunity Law - Family Law - Press & Printed Materials Act - Public Order Acts at the states’ level.

In addition to the condition above, the agreement stated the importance of the following pre-requisites for an inclusive electoral process that is free and fair:

a) Solution to the Darfur Problem

b) The demarcation of boundaries between the North and South

c) A political agreement to address the dispute over the population census

d) Reinstate the independence of the civil service, especially the media. Addressing this by placing them under the supervision of the National Elections Commission, in adequate time before the elections, to ensure equitable distribution of time between the competing parties.

Moreover, the meeting of the Political Forces that took place at the headquarters of the National Umma Party on the 17th of January, 2010, re-iterated the Parties’ conviction that the fundamental requirements for conducting fair and free elections do not exist. The meeting also re-confirmed that the National Elections Commission has shown time and time again lack of managerial, press and media capabilities in addition to it transgressing the Electoral law. As a result of these weaknesses and the commission’s inability to ensure its independence, great distortions in the elections registry have taken place, a matter that the election commission itself could not address in spite of the repeated objections and appeals in this regard. The Political Forces confirmed their insistence on the implementation of the above demands as a pre-requisite for ensuring the fairness and integrity of the elections process even if that entailed its postponement to November, 2010. Inspite of these clear transgressions, the Political Forces continued engaging in the elections process hoping that reform would take place.

More recently, a critically important and decisive meeting was held by the Political Forces at the headquarters of the Original Democratic Unionist Party (Dar AbuJalabia). In his address to the meeting, Sayed Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani called for the importance of correcting the mistakes of the Commission and its transgression of the Election Law. Accordingly, the Political Forces discussed the matter and addressed the Commission informing it of their refusal of its Circular on the Electoral campaign. To this end, a memorandum was delivered and signed by leaders of the Sudanese Political Forces including some of those Presidential candidates running as ‘independents in the election. The memorandum, comprehensive in nature, was delivered on Thursday 4th March in a mass procession. The memorandum included the transgressions committed, to date, by the Commission in addition to the package of reforms required for the elections to be inclusive and fair. The Commission was given one week to respond and on the 11th March, its response came in the form of justifications for its transgressions thus confirming its incompetence and refusal to reform the Registry and the rules of the elections process.

ADMISSION OF ERRORS IN THE POPULATION CENSUS AND THE PARTIAL POSTPONEMENT OF THE ELECTION

Under pressure from the SPLM and fearing the repercussions of their withdrawal from the elections process in Southern Kordofan, the Presidency, decided to postpone the state level executive and legislative elections in that state. The decision was taken without consultation with the National Election Commission and it was announced that the population census would be repeated in the state and the number of geographic constituencies would be increased. By doing so without amending the Electoral Law, the Presidency is tacitly admitting to a faulty census. Moreover, the Presidency has announced its intention to rectify the faulty result in the population census in Southern Sudan through the appointment of a number of forty seats without going through the elections process so as to increase the share of the South in the National Assembly. Such a move is in clear violation of the Electoral Law and the Interim Constitution and would again be without the involvement of the National Elections Commission which is further evidence of the lack of respect for the process of democratic transformation and the unconstitutional nature of the process. It also confirms that the Commission is NOT independent. This was all not accompanied by any practical steps to call on the National Assembly to review the constitution and the accompanying laws – all of which raises suspicion as to the true intentions of the National Congress Party towards that agreement.

DARFUR

On-the-ground experience has proven that the security situation in Darfur is not stable and that it will not be possible to conduct elections there which will reflect the true weight of the Darfurian peoples because registration of voters in the region left out almost 60% – those refugees and internally displaced Darfurians. Moreover, the implications of elections in the Darfur region on the on-going Doha peace talks must be taken into consideration as all the Darfur rebel movements are demanding a postponement. The repercussions of insisting on conducting elections that are partial and unrepresentative of the Darfur people can take the form of a resurgence in violence that will end all efforts to a peaceful solution in the Darfur crisis.

All these reasons combined have led the Sudanese Political Forces to unanimously reconfirm their conditions for participation in the elections. They have, therefore, unanimously agreed on the following:

1) Reconfirm its strong commitment to full, free and fair elections and to conducting the referendum on Southern Sudan’s Right to Self Determination that is to be held in January, 2010 as this is the only peaceful way to end the crisis of governance in the country and to achieve a comprehensive and lasting peace and a voluntary unification of the country.

2) Practical experience has shown that (i) the political and legal environment in the country are not conducive to conducting free and fair elections; (ii) the dispute over the population census has led to the postponement of elections in Southern Kordofan and to a reduction in the share of the South in the National Assembly in accordance with the peace agreement; (iii) the shaky state of security in Darfur and continued state of emergency together with renewed violence in the area will greatly hamper, if not, totally stop the elections process in Greater Darfur. This, of course, could hinder the election process and the participation of Darfurians and will reduce the legitimacy of the election process itself.

Accordingly, the Sudanese Political Forces have decided the following:

a) The importance of postponement of the elections from April to the following November to allow for the fulfilment of the conditions necessary for its integrity, fairness and full country coverage. This must also be in line with the political arrangements stated below.

b) In the event that the NCP refuses the postponement of elections and refuses to come to an agreement on political arrangements that will allow for fair and free elections in the whole of the country so as to reflect the true opinion of the Sudanese peoples, the Political forces will meet to consider: (i) withdrawing their confidence from the National Election Commission; (ii) undertake a decisive stance as regards conducting partial elections in April that are distorted and that lack the minimum fundamental requirements for conducing them freely and fairly. Such a stance will be considered by the Political Forces so as not to participate in the falsification of the will of the Sudanese people and to distance themselves from threats to the stability of Sudan structure by a continuation of the war in Darfur and a return to war in south Sudan.

c) The importance of agreement on political arrangements to extract the country from the current crisis and enable it to:

1) Find a just and comprehensive solution to the Darfur cause as well as allow for the participation of its peoples in the elections.

2) Strong commitment to the full implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement particularly those parts related to democratic transformation, the sustainability of peace in the south and voluntary unity. Commitment also to implementation of all the other agreements (Abuja - the East – Cairo – Djibouti) inorder to create the needed conducive political and legal environment for conducting free and fair elections.

3) Review the current Electoral Act with the objective of addressing the gaps and shortcoming that have appeared upon implementation.

4) Form a National Election Commission from persons who are known for their integrity, independence and competence. A Commission that enjoys national consensus and that will correct the mistakes that have accompanied the current electoral process (electoral registry – division of geographical areas).

5) Conduct full elections – free and fair – no later than end of November, 2010 with endorsement of the share of the South being a third (as stated in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement) for representation of the South in the National Parliament.

6) Conduct the Referendum on Self Determination as originally planned in
January 2011 as well as public consultations in each of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile.

• The Political Forces will raise this memorandum, inclusive of its decision, to the Presidency of the Republic.

• The Political Forces will then hold a joint meeting with the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement, no later than a week from the date of submitting its memorandum to the Presidency. The purpose of the meeting will be to study the response of the SPLM and announce its final decision based on the unanimity of the decision by the political parties.

March, 2010

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  • 22 March 2010 05:24, by Dinka Boy

    SPLM must stand firm not to agreed with the postponement of the election and refererendum because these opposition parties are eaggering to thing for any sort of manipulation that can make unity of North and South as well as their while the condition of Sudan goverment has been adistructive for so long.
    We disagree with those opposition parties because most of them are under Bashier government.
    Thanks

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    • 22 March 2010 05:42, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      SPLM has already agreed to the postponement unless one is not keen enough to analyze the statements of Yasser Arman.

      Even if SPLM will insist on holding election only in the South and postpone it in the North, that will not make any difference because the referendum was supposed to be conducted under elected national and Southern Sudan parliaments.

      Technically, the calling of such meeting by SPLM is an indication that the elections will be postponed.

      However the SPLM should try to agree with all those opposition parties, IGAD member states, USA, EU, Arab countries, etc and convince Bashir’s NCP to postpone the elections but conduct referendum first in January 2011.

      The conduct of elections in the South to me means invitation of hugly post-elections violence as the signs clearly indicate now. Such post-elections violence may continue for a very long time in different areas in the South and may cause the delay for conduct of referendum in nine months’ time.

      Elections is only about giving more legitimacy to Bashir to use it as a bargaining chip in the face of the ICC since he has already pre-rigged it by registering millions of false voters and printing locally in Khartoum ballot cards and availing thousands of extra-private boxes. At the same time it will result to violence in the South.

      Postpone this good-for-nothing elections and conduct referendum in January 2011. This will help the South reach referendum time as a united people!

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      • 22 March 2010 05:57, by Gatwech

        NEC of Abel Alier has proved to be acting as stooge to favor NCP. It allows all the sorts of violations to happen in the electoral process and incompetently said the violations were blessed by the so-called Pakistani UNMIS in Sudan. Could it be Abel Alier’s lack of good managerial skills as suggested below?

        "meeting also re-confirmed that the National Elections Commission has shown time and time again lack of managerial, press and media capabilities in addition to it transgressing the Electoral law. As a result of these weaknesses and the commission’s inability to ensure its independence, great distortions in the elections registry have taken place, a matter that the election commission itself could not address in spite of the repeated objections and appeals in this regard. "

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        • 22 March 2010 07:07, by Malakal

          Gat-witch,

          You should be in favor of this April election if you were capable of seeing things in many sides. There is something the South government can achieved if that election is held this years. The GoSS does not know the number of the Southerners who will vote for its favor or who will vote for NIF, that knoweledge is crucial as we head for referendum in 2011.

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          • 22 March 2010 15:51, by Gatwech

            Malakal,

            You make me laugh over your cheap reasoning. My friend, think about the insecurity (violence) this kind of elections will cause!

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            • 22 March 2010 16:57, by Malakal

              Gat-Witch,

              Are you saying that "violence" would not be an issue during the referendum in 2011? If so, you maybe right, perhaps you have consulted with the traitors of the past - and that is terrific, stabbing us in the back this time will jeopardize our inches away chance to fully liberate the South, and could bring us extraodinary shame through the eyes of organized countries.

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      • 22 March 2010 06:17, by Dinka Boy

        Gatewch,

        Just amend your own constitutions,while stopping talking nonesense about CPA. Who are you to postpone 2010 and headed to 2011? you are not just a sleeping do in a tent. Please stop stabbing Yasir Arman as well because he is our hero and he knows what he is going.
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        • 22 March 2010 06:32, by Gatwech

          Dinka Boy,

          I could not understand at all what you were trying to say. I read your comment again and again but it couldn’t make sense. Yasser ARman is the one that wants elections postponed so how did I stab him at the back? Or you just addicted to the usage of the word as one of your favorites despite its irrelevance here?

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          • 22 March 2010 06:53, by Dinka Boy

            Gatwech,

            Yes, my writing get worst when commending to someone who have baseless thought. I when you to amend your own constitutions, so that you can postpone the upcoming election and jump to referendum(2011) that was enforced or a greed in CPA/ constitution.

            If you din,t remember your recent comment that you prose against Yasir Arman,then It is precisely clear that you are talking against the interest of SPLM or Yasir Arman. Yes, you right because i respond to unfiltered thought the way that make you perplex initially.
            Thanks

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          • 22 March 2010 14:17, by Terror-hunter

            Get-watch

            According to Dinka Boy nothing is irrelevance because Yashir Arman can not ask for postponement of the election.....you are a fool and you are supporting what you don’t know because your father Bashir is the one who want to postpone the election and you can not talk about him like the way you talk about Yashir ,he might kick your ass off.............

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    • 22 March 2010 05:45, by maumau

      This is a nightmare to tackle. Even if the elections were to be delayed, still none of so-called opposition parties was going to win this elections, may be some small seats in the parliament. Elections must go ahead. MAUMAU

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      • 22 March 2010 06:01, by mohammed ali

        CPA must be applied by the book.The SPLA is putting a foot on each camp. They are campaigning for the elections in the south while the communist clique is calling for postponment in the north.Who is making the decision here?Is it Yasir Arman or Salva Kiir?

        It is just funny; the SPLA is both government and opposition!

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      • 22 March 2010 06:26, by Gatwech

        maumau,

        I agree with you that opposition parties (including SPLM) will NEVER win the presidential elections in the face of NCP’s riggings.

        Bashir will maintain the presidency. My fear is that elections will definitely bring regrettable violence to the South as the current situation indicates, especially between SPLM official candidates and independent candidates before opposition parties in the South fit in.

        I can predict that most candidates contesting in the South will NOT accept the outcome of the elections. They will refused to acknowledge their defeat. They may instigate violence which can even divide the army, the police and other security organs by making them take sides indirectly or directly.

        The murder of the contesting Abiemnom MP in Juba recently tells alot about what could happen during elections or immediately after announcement of results. Winning canididates may be targetted any where and vice versa, resulting to sporadic attacks every where aimed at lynching such rivals.

        What the SPLM and friends should do is push for the conduct of the referendum first. This decision can also be made at the presidency and then amend the interim constitution’s provision to this regard.

        Whether we conduct elections in April or not, still referendum will not be conducted in January 2011. Postponement of elections to November will make referendum to be pushed because technically they will be too close to achieve at the same time. And if we conduct the elections in April, the post-elections violence will continue into 2011 and will be used by the North to delay the referendum.

        It is better to work or find away that would make the referendum conducted first in January 2011 and thereafter conduct the elections in one Sudan or separately in two Sudans.

        This will save us from the coming violence!!!

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        • 22 March 2010 07:02, by maumau

          Gatwech

          You got me wrong bro.

          When i said none of so-called opposition party will win the elections, i did not include SPLM in it. Our party, SPLM has a chance because it is the only party which brought for us CPA and; now targetting independence. So-called opposition parties are those newly formed and other northan parties. We know that SPLM is failing to deliver to its citizens, but this is short lived. Things gona improve. MAUMAU

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        • 22 March 2010 08:09, by mohammed ali

          Gatwech,

          Let us agree with you for a while that election will generate post-election violence.What are the gurantees that such violence will not happen after speration? Is delaying elections will solve the problem of violence? Are you seeking secession just for the sake of secession?

          I think itis too late to postpone elections.

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          • 22 March 2010 15:56, by Gatwech

            mohammed ali,

            I like your question. Yes, violence after separation is better than violence before separation. The violence after separation would be like a storm after crossing the river. You don’t have to worry about the violent waves that would block your way or sink your ship while still in the middle of the river. It can be managed.

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      • 22 March 2010 07:24, by Aduol Liet

        Messages To: Southern Sudanese in GOSS, Southern Kordfan, Blue Nile, All Darfurian in Darfuri Regions.

        For the SPLM please do not accepted the postponement of Southern Sudan’s referenduam even if there are too many confusion from others parties this referendum on 2011, is very important than any other things in the Sudan. I said, many times that, there is no trust in any dictatorship government according to my knowledge and for that matter, I do not think there will be free and fairness conducting in Sudan general election only Sudan government is trying to wast money to bribes million Sudanese people for fake to get elected so that, Omar al Bashir will continues killing innocents people.

        For Southern Kordfan people, I would real want to tell them that do not let to be fool by Omar al Bashir killer and his National Congress Party. We would like to see all Nubian people stick very strongly together with Southern Sudan and forget about being part of Northern Sudan and take it that, we are all African Tribes and just ignore for being part of Northern Sudan dose not mean anything but for Arab people yes, they want you to be under their controls forver and with no good education. Folks, it will make sense we agree all none Arab people in the Sudan to rules ourselves a part from them and isolating them in small North Sudan and not all Northern Sudan. These people they don’t care you when many Sudanese looking for government changes through fairness and balance in the election system.These people they can not persuasive with good Ideas but continuous killing and gimmick rules on the real issue and it is time for all Nubian people to rejected them says, Western Sudan nor Southern Kordfan, we must go to Southern Sudan to became another nation this is what you guys need to work on.

        Blue Nile Region was been regrouping but it is pure Southern Sudan Region and I think people of Blue Nile have enough experience about unqual Sudan government treatment to them as well as the people of Nubia Mountaints. Isolation is part of punishment why we wasting our time to tell these Arab bye bye because this confliects and mistreatment will not going to end if you guys don’t take fully action.

        For Darfurian people, look I am not trying to make any motivation but this is the true that, you have been hearing some words against Black African Tribes in the Sudan, probably you feel it why Sudan government did not turns that killing to his own Arab in Sudan and why the killing of Native Black African Tribes is not big deal. It is you to decide whether you want to live in this situation forever

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  • 22 March 2010 06:13, by babadit

    The issue here is not south sudan my people, if you may take a servey and move around those areas in sudan you will see clearly that there is really needs for the Election to be push to a later date as mention in the political forces demands to the NEC.
    remeber this is not the first time people called for the Election to be postponed, Cater centre made the same call and as i know names of the voters are not yet displayed out in those polling stations for easy checking and correction by the NEC. some areas with high population were only given few polling stations after a distance traveling to vote, this alone need ammendement

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  • 22 March 2010 06:21, by Oduck Bol

    What many southerns have not yet understand about refreedom,is that, no single one on this world that can give you a freedom without seeing your strongest,death,bloody,distruction and so on and that is what northerns still require from south. These northern will continue dalayiny,dalaying and dalaying untill you give up by youselves.

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    • 22 March 2010 08:13, by mohammed ali

      Bol,

      I want you to understand nobody in the north wants to stop the south from secession.

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    • 22 March 2010 08:19, by Machingela gai

      There is no postponement of the election in April. Here are my least reasons to believe:

      This election is a laid foundation for referendum.

      This election is the way to deliver CPA in full package without another renegotiation.

      The postponement of election is a one way back to square one if not twenty plus years going back to war again.

      You stop saying what you do not know my dears.

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  • 22 March 2010 08:35, by Akuma

    I don’t think whether SPLM party can agreed with opposition parties in postponment of the April Election. If true, what about the referendum of Southerners whether to be seccession or to remain as one country.

    That can not be, because Yasir Arman is running for election for SPLM ticket and he can’t accept what other parties agreed upon. Opposition parties should not participate in April election and SPLM party will contest with NCP party because that deal was between SPLM and NCP according CPA accords.

    So, without other parties, election ’’MUST’’ go ahead because there is big task for southerners ahead.
    If not, then SPLM need withdraw his contender from the election.

    Dr. Akuma,
    Chicago, USA

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  • 22 March 2010 10:36, by Angelo Achuil

    Sudan is corrupt, and if we are to postphone this election to another "Good and conducive environment for fair and free election," it may not come that quickly, it might be in "years!" Just look at the parties you are dealing with before asking for more time. More time might proves to be worse than now.

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  • 22 March 2010 10:44, by Brooke Obe

    I think the SPLM should tread very carefully here. The Southerners do not trust people like Sadig al Mahdi and his ilk. A delay in the election will have a knock on effect on Referendum time-table. To whose interest would this be? Of course to the interest of the traditional political forces in the north. There will not be a perfect time for election in Sudan. More importantly, there will be no money coming from donors as it has been so far for yet another election. There is no way that Darfur issue can be finalized before 2011 nor are the changes in the raft of legislation listed. Let us get on with the election however imperfect it will be. In the South, Salva Kiir is going to win. It does not matter whether the other SPLM candidates lose: the present structure in the South is presidential so SPLM will continue to rule until referendum. Tinkering with elections elsewhere led to a rebellion that toppled the incumbent and brought in the rebel to govern. This possibility cannot be ruled out in the South. There are too many groups in the South who are spoiling for a fight. You want some evidence? Look at the thousands of civilians killed in the last few years in the South. So, Pagan Amum and your friend Arman, forget about postponement but gear yourself for the political fight that is staring you in the face.

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    • 22 March 2010 13:41, by Kuany Dak

      Dear all,

      SPLM should not accept to postpone April election because it is not good for the south Sudan’s referendum in January 2011. The purpose of opposition parties is aimed to postpone referendum in Janury 2011, november election will be too close to January, so it show automatically no time for referendum preparation.

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  • 22 March 2010 16:41, by Gatluak Latjor

    The present objectives of the opposition parties is the rebel JEM objectives.Southerners must be careful of exploitation. After April elections every thing will be legal in sudan, this is not wanted by those who now can feel their failure in the elections.

    Thanks

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    • 22 March 2010 17:25, by Dauson Gieth

      Mohamed Ali,

      Time amd time again you continue to show your arrogance by calling on prominant national leaders by names; communists etc. Just because your fugitive Albashir is going to loose, unless otherwise, he rigs it.

      SPLM is more than ready for this elections. No matter what the result. The plot by Northern political forces to push the election is detrimental to the South and contracts your claims that no one from the North want to cling on the South. It all about trying to plant seeds of pushing the CPA.

      Remember; the referendum is neither a Western nor a Northern affair. It’s purely a Southern affair since they will be the ones to decide. yes we value the referendum more than the damn election,but we have the ego strong enough to go all the way and win in the North (SPLM)

      Violence in the South? No man. Forget. It has taken us long for us to clear the roots of feuds and biterness but now, we are well on track.

      Elections must get done!!!!

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      • 22 March 2010 22:57, by mohammed ali

        Geith,

        I donnot know why you are calling me arrogant!

        Yasir Arman was a prominent member of the communist party untill the date when he ran away from Sudan after the tragic assasination of two students in Khartoum.Pagan was also a known communist in the university of Khartoum.He had extensive training in Cuba.

        They are collaborating with the tradetional forces like Almahadi and communist Faroug Abu Essa to postpone elections.They are going to meat in Juba to give their final ultimatum to the national election commitee.I am not inventing this, but this is what they are calling for, this what they are saying and it is avaliable in all newspapers.

        I know very well that the leadership of the SPLA in Juba is not supporting such a thing or at least they haven’t announced this publicly.

        I agree with you that there is a plot to postpone the elections.Those who are calling for the postponment are setting the plot.These are the Umma party of Almahadi,the communist party and the the communist clique of the political bureau of the SPLA.

        NCP declared clearly that they are not ready to postpone the elections even for one hour!

        I hope now it is clear for you that , the north does not want to cling with the south for a minute.

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        • 23 March 2010 00:32, by marie

          The traditional parties in Sudan are notorious for the ploy they play. After the late president Ja’afar Mohammed Nimeiri was deposed in the bloodless coup in 1985, Sewar Al Dahab took the power and managed to hand the power peacefully to the civilian government of Sadig Al Mahdi in 1986.

          During his rule from 1986-1989 until Bashir came to power, Sadig Al Mahdi and the other traditional parties were playing a cat a mouse game with the SPLA/SPLM. The late Mirghani during that time managed to inched a historical agreement with the SPLA/SPLM, but Umma party, headed by Sadig rejected the agreement. There was a pressure at time from the Sudanese masses for the government to rectify the agreement, but Sadig was adamant. Realizing, the tense pressure, he decided to hand power to Hassen Al Turabi, who is his brother in-law with the hope that he would come back after the pressure subsides.

          Sadig is playing the same game here. He wants to draw the attention of the Sudanese masses, especially South Sudanes, from the CPA and the subsequent referendum. He feels that Bashir would be arrested, as he is the ICC fugitive, and then he would manipulate the situation the jeopardize the CPA.

          Sadig Al Mahdi and Turabi are the people behind the rebellion in Darfur. They would then use the Darfurians as, is always the case to fight another war in the South.

          The election should be conducted to abide by the CPA, even if Bashir comes back to power, that is not our concern, we as South Sudanes, our main concern is the referendum in 2011.

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