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March 28, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese opposition forces and the southern Sudan ruling party agreed to delay their decision on whether to participate in April election or to boycott it to the next week after a meeting of the presidency where the issue is to be discussed.

The decision was announced on Saturday in Khartoum after a meeting attended by 17 political forces including the Umma Party of Sadiq Al-Mahdi, SPLM, PCP of Hassan Al-Turabi, the Communist Party and DUP of Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani who joined the coalition today for the first time.

The multiparty election is scheduled for April 11 to 13, but rumours persist of a possible delay despite the announced rejection of the National Congress Party (NCP) which ruled the country following a coup d’état in June 1989.

The Sudanese presidency is expected to meet next Tuesday March 30, and the issue of election postponement will be discussed on the request of the SPLM chairman Salva Kiir Mayadrit.

"The ’National Consensus’ forces have decide to delay the decision on its participation or boycott of the elections to the next week after a presidential meeting to be held next Tuesday," said Farouk Abu Eissa, the head of the coalition in a press conference held today following the meeting.

"The representatives of «SPLM» officially informed the meeting that the First Vice President and SPLM chairman, Salva Kiir Mayadrit, sent a note to the presidency demanding to address the abuses that accompanied the electoral process and to postpone the election to an appropriate time," Abu Eissa said.

He added that the outcome of this presidential meeting may resolve the problem and respond positively to the request of election postponement. He pointed out the leaders of the National Consensus will meet on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning to announce their decision regarding the election.

Sudanese opposition parties have called to delay the elections, a key provision of the CPA, to November this year. They accused the NEC of bias in favor of the ruling NCP and urged to undertake reforms in a number of laws primarily relating national security and media.

Abu Eissa reiterated their position form the electoral board and also distanced the coalition from Bashir threats to expel foreign observers.
The Carter Center which is in the country since last year to observe the electoral process in Sudan said in a report released last week that preparations by Sudan’s NEC were lagging.

"With a series of delays and changes in polling procedures, a minor delay in polling for operational purposes may be required," it said adding that "The Carter Center is deeply concerned that the final voters’ list is still not ready, with several hundred thousand names still omitted". The center also mentioned there were reports of discrepancies between registration booklets and the central electronic voter registry.

In his press Conference, Abu Eissa also welcomed the participation of the Democratic Unionist Party of Mohamed Osman Al-Mirghani for the first time in the meetings of the coalition announcing that the DUP has joined the National Consensus.

SPLM runner for Sudan President, Yasir Arman who represented his party with the Secretary General Pagan Amum told reporters that the coalition changed its name from "Juba Conference" to "National Consensus" adding "We make up the majority of the political class, except for the National Congress Party" of President Al-Bashir.

Al-Mirghani, who is also the leader of the National Democratic Alliance had launched the "National Consensus Initiative" to resolve the outstanding issues in the process of democratic transition in the country. But he blamed the opposition and the ruling coalition forces NCP and SPLM for ignoring his initiative and refused to participate in Juba conference where the former allies of the NDA gathered last year.

Before the CPA era, the late SPLM leader John Garang was a close ally to Al-Mirghani who is expected to visit soon Juba for meeting with Salva Kiir. GOSS Vice President Riek Machar paid a visit to the DUP leader at his home in Khartoum North to discuss the electoral process.

Pagan Amum who flanked Machar during the visit told reporters that the two parties agreed to adopt a joint position on the election following Tuesday meeting.

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  • 28 March 2010 09:36, by murlescrewed

    SPLM must be careful and prudent about its decision with respect to boycotting elections. If it does join opposition parties, it could hand the elections to the NCP. On the other hand, the NCP is desperately looking for legitimacy and will do all it can to have elections that are at least fair on the face value. It therefore cannot afford to have them boycotted as that would erode the confidence of the Sudanese people in the outcome.

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  • 28 March 2010 09:57, by Dinka Boy

    We south Sudanese need not to agree with the postponment of election and referendum.

    If SPLM agreed with the postponement,then they are going to be responsible for the lives we lost for decades. This postponemnet is a dangerious step because that will promote others aternatives of violation.

    Please, i urged those SPLM officers who have witnessed CPA not to step to problem that ressemble accord of 1972.

    I personally don,t want election and referendum to be postpone because that will be for sure the beginning of another accord that can be violated. No no no no to postponement!

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    • 28 March 2010 10:32, by kuminyandi

      Dinka Boy,

      To Hell with election, we need referendum, Dinka Boy,check my reply to you about alcohol ban.

      Kumi,

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  • 28 March 2010 13:14, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    This if happen, show total fate of Southerners under Dinkas Rule, it is like the time of Noah when Generations got extinct except Noah and his sons, this if happen mean Dinkas destroyed Southerners. Mr. Salver speak sweat when addressing Southerners and flatter somethings in front of Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, Mr. Taha abruptly flied to Malaysia to withdraw Money or to tranfer Money to Mr. Salver Book Account for buying Election Postponement despite NCP insistence that Election would not be postpone, this is a trick, NCP need Election and Referendum Postponement altogether and CPA is in Recycle Bin and 20 Yrs of fight end with Zero Achievements.

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    • 28 March 2010 14:25, by mohammed ali

      Hi Hillary,

      Only the old traditional forces who wants to postpone elections.Previously they objected to the postponment of the elections and staged demonstrations against elections postponement from November to April, redicuolously now they are calling for postponment.They feel that they are not going to win it,so ..postpone it untill they are ready! Actually they will never be ready!These parties are Expired and they will never be ready!

      Now , they are joined by the loosing communist clique of the political burea of Arman/Pagan.Arman is going to loose even in the South.Everyone had seen the political rallies of Albasheer in the south.Pagan is going to loose as he has no popularity in the shuluk area where Lam is very popular.This why Pagan joined the proporational representative list and not the geographical party list.

      Salva Kirr is not making his mind.He still remain encaptive of the communist clique of the political bureau. Read this please:

      ((In a rally organized for his presidential election campaign in Yei town, the incumbent Southern Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit said April 11 election would have to be conducted in the South even if the North postponed it.))It is obvious that he is under tremendous pressure from the group of looser of Arman and Pagan.

      Elections are not going to be postponed.This supported by the UN,USA,IGAD ,AFRICAN UNION and most importantely by the vast majority of Sudanese!

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      • 28 March 2010 16:24, by Lual Chol Kuir

        the SPLM should make the right decision rather listening to any bullshits say by NCP oppositions because this all Opposition are not after democratic transformation government, if they were why dnt they joint up SPLM during war to fight for it.
        I wish if Mr president of southern Sudan was surrounded by pple like Me and My Smartest friends of minds like Dinka Boy things will be 100 percent prefect but now he’s with some idiots like food lover Dog Riek Macher or whatever they fucking called him. An idiot who betray his own pples, he dnt even cares about whatever will tomorrow will bring, a Dog who got pay to killed his own pples what shameful person are you Macher.

        I wish God will always keep your fat ass alive so we will brought you to justice and to My friends from Nuer dnt even ever back up that stupid person because of he’s from your tribe but before you defend him you should keep this in your mind that injustice somewhere is a threat to justice anywhere so when you defend him you re threat justice system of our country in other hands.

        .

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      • 28 March 2010 19:36, by Time1

        Mohammed Ali

        What are your final thoughts on the referendum votes and the future of oil for north?

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        • 28 March 2010 20:41, by mohammed ali

          Time,

          Honestly, I want the referendum to take place in time.I want Sudan to be one country, with the conscent of Southerners.Why?

          1- Sudan will be a big country and we can build a big country.

          2- We have been together for quite long time and affected each other,we are not purely Arabs and you are not purely Africans.

          3- The south will be a small country with much more dangerous and greedy neighbours than us!

          4- Loyality to a nation is still weak in Sudan particulary in south and the west.

          5-oil sharing will continue the same, and this according the international standereds.I am not calling for unity because of oil.Trust me there is much more oil in the north than in the south.This can be understood from the huge shift in the American policy and their rush to normalise relationship through elections , for which they are pushing very hard.Even if the south secede, which they donnot like, they will go with their interest.Now they opened their biggest ever embassy in Africa in Khartoum .Also the sudden love of "brothers from the north" is an indication of change in the American policy .

          6- There are more than 2 millions southerners , who consider the north their home, what are we going to tell them?Because they were born in the south , we just tell them..go!It is a very difficult issue!

          7-If you want to secede , that is your choice,.IT WILL AND MUST BE WELCOMMED AND ACCEPTED.Though , we will get united later!

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          • 28 March 2010 22:54, by Whortti Bor Manza

            Oh Dear,

            General Salva Kiir, the most confused and indecisive president on the African continent. At times very adamant about not to postpone elections even by few mico seconds at others the leading proponent of the postponement of the upcoming elections. What a man. In Yambio, Tombura, mapel, Wau and Aweil, while on campaign tour, the man made it absolutely clear that the elections will take place by April, 11, 2010 even if Northern Sudan boycottes. As long as the two cabals ( Pagan Amum and Yasser Arman) are there, the so called SPLM political bureau will continue to be manipulated. A mockery, Yasser to win the presidency, what a jok. Yasser is too clever to make away with the SPLM ill gotten money under the pretex of presidential candidacy financing. Salva Kiir has no brain, and will just agree to what Pagan and Yasser propose to him. The solution is to get rid of this lunatic called Salva Kiir or else the South will pay an immense price.

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  • 28 March 2010 18:00, by Gatluak Latjor

    Is it because it would be unfair,time is not suitable, or one sense its failure that the election is to be delayed. Is it not negatiation on behave of JEM when SPLM negotiate with NCP for the delay of the election. In fact if the SPLM allow the delay of the election, I can say here that the CPA is in fact not in the hand of the SPLM. The northern opposition parties are unti-CPA in disguise and they have developed high quality politics to kill the fundamental outcomes of the CPA (elections+REFERENDUM).

    Thanks

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    • 29 March 2010 04:21, by marie

      The call for the postponement of the elections by the National consensus (new name of national democratic alliance (NDA)) of Farouq Abu Issa and the traditional northern parties to November
      2010 is and indication that, these parties are again playing politics to jeopardize the implementation of the CPA, which they feel as not being a part.

      When the elections are moved to November, it implies the referendum would have to be pushed ahead as well, since the process needs enough time and logistics preparations. GNU would be busy from now till November ironing out the outstanding issues of the elections, while neglecting the necessary preparations for the referendum.

      My suggestion to SPLM is to agree to the postponement of the elections after the referendum. It should concentrate on the preparations for the referendum at the moment. There are still outstandings issue that have to be resolve, incase the South opted for seccession. The issue of citizenship, border demarcation, international loans, assets, etc.

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      • 29 March 2010 11:47, by david kong paul

        Dear Southerners,

        I am sending out this comment with almost my tears from my eyes droping about what SPLM is trying to take Southerners through.

        Salva Kiir decides on one issue several times in an hour.

        Do you remember his decision on Population census issue (exclussion of the religion from the form)? He told the former Minister of information and broadcasting, Changson Chang, to release a statement on his behalf to tell public that the process wouldn’t materialize in the south if no religion on the enumeration form and on th following day he approved the coduct of the Census.

        Do you remember his comment on the Census results (saying that he would never except) but later approved them?

        Do you all remember very well that he recently promised during the IGAD summit in Nairobi, Kenya that he will never accept any possible elections posphonment becasue it will affect the conduct of refrendum schedualed for next year January. He further stressed it out infront of his country men and women, in Juba, that elections will still be conduceted in the south as schedualed if happen to posphoned in the north.

        Look at his latest release trying to ally with this fake oppostion parties in the north who never had a positive dream for the southerners except to maintain them as third class citizens and keep on exploiting them in their successive dictator regimes. El-fadil, Mirghani, Elmahadi and the like are driving our little fool leader away from the path to the promised land for southerner sudanases. Wait for out come of presidentail meeting schedualed for Tuesday, you will be surprised by your poor ass Salva Kiir, elections will take place at the end of this year, not April.

        Let me tell you the truth at the corner as my own kind. Opposition parties of the north realized that Bashiir is going to let South Sudan make its way for Independence.They count this decision from Bashiir as a craze which will affect all Arab generations in the Sudanese history to come. They don’t want this and that is why they want to delay the eletcions to make sure that refrendum (the only valuable spot of the CPA for Southern Sidanese) is delayed and finally affected in a very negative way.

        A few questions below for you guys:

        If the elections are posphoned, what are advantages for the south?
        And if they are conducetd as schedualed, what will the south lose?
        What will be different in term of elctoral laws reform as claimed by the opposition parties,including our stupid SPLM, do you think this laws will be reformed for sure?
        Why Salva Kiir is always having more than two decisions on one crucial issue seriously affecting Southerners?
        Why he is so incompetent?
        where is Dr. Riek? wy you don’t advise your mad president?

        That is why i never had confidence on this president and that is why i will never have one on him? he is just s stupid figure with decisions which will never benefit our people.

        Kiir go back to Malualkon, you are of no gain for the south. You know only how to threaten southern strong man in their elections campaigns and when it comes to the issues b/n north and south you are so soft and coward leader.

        I know Kiir coward supporters will retaliate to this comment but i just don’t give a f**k

        Thanks

        David K Paul

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