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Two key Darfur rebel groups warn against holding April vote

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March 30, 2010 (PARIS) — The two major rebel groups fighting in Sudan’s Western region of Darfur have warned against holding the general elections set to start in less than two weeks saying that it will complicate the situation in the country.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and its junior partner in the government Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) are deadlocked over whether the elections should be postponed as opposition parties have demanded in a memo they submitted to the presidency this month.

The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, First Vice president Salva Kiir and 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha have been unable to convene a meeting which was scheduled to discuss the issue. The presidency summit has twice been rescheduled.

Opposition parties have threatened to boycott the elections should they not get a positive response on the postponement which they say is necessary to reform a number of laws and establish a mechanism to monitor the work of the National Election Commission (NEC) which they accuse of breaching the electoral law in favor of the NCP.

The Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) led by Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) today joined the calls for delaying the vote.

"Any elections held now under these circumstances will deem them meaningless and will not achieve the desired outcome of stabilizing country and transforming it to a democratic one," Al-Nur told Sudan Tribune today.

"The government firm control over media, security and financial resources obviously gives it an unfair advantage and it is very clear that the NEC is not conducting its work in a fair and transparent manner. The insecurity in Darfur also makes it impossible to hold elections there" he added.

The SLM chief called for forming an interim government "to prepare the country for elections and work on resolving the conflict in Darfur by enforcing security, removing the new settlers and return the land to its rightful owners and work on a political solution, implement all clauses contained in the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] particularly the rights of Southerners to have a referendum".

Bashir on Monday warned the SPLM that if it boycotted the election there would be no southern referendum on secession in 2011, heightening tensions in Africa’s largest country.

JEM, which is currently engaged in peace talks with Khartoum, echoed Al-Nur’s call saying that the "bare minimum standards" for holding them should exist stressing that the bulk of Darfuri population has not been registered in the census or the voter registration process.

"Excluding [Darfuris] from participation in shaping the future of their country through the ballot box at this critical juncture of the history of the country would weaken their sense of belonging, and works to amplify the voice of the advocates of self-determination for Darfur" according to a statement signed by JEM spokesperson Ahmed Hussein Adam.

JEM slammed the "arrogance" of the NCP in dealing with other political powers saying it does not help building the "national consensus".

"Holding elections in April places obstacles before the peace talks process, and in particular the power sharing portion. Prioritizing the conducting of elections over achieving peace offers conclusive evidence that the NCP does give much care to peace, and unable to depart from the selfish interests of party loyalty to the supreme national interest".

JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim during meeting with Sudanese presidential adviser Ghazi Salah Al-Deen in Ndjamena refused to finalize a ceasefire agreement unless he reaches an agreement on the power sharing with the government. Khartoum rejects to give his group a vice-presidency and to postpone elections.

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

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  • 31 March 2010 07:45, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Unite and face the enemy,postponement of election will not solved Darfuri case,by coming closure to SPLM will help alot.fight with right objectives.

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    • 31 March 2010 21:39, by kuminyandi

      Breaking news!

      SPLM withdrew its presidential candidate Yassir Arman from election.

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  • 31 March 2010 09:45, by mohammed ali

    Election will be held in time.Referendum will be held in time.No postponment.

    The presidency meeting was cancelled because the first vice president did not arrive to Khartoum yet.It was report on Sudan TV that was due to health reasons.

    Oviously this may not be the real reason for the delayment of Salva to Khartoum.Actually this reflects the division within the SPLA regarding the postponment of the elections.While Salva strongly support that elections to be held in due time, the communist clique of the political beureau in collaboration with the old traditional parties is trying to derail the CPA.The Umma party leader Alsadig Almahadi with Arman and Pagan on his side was saying that election should be postponed and a new "national" government should be formed to prepare for a new elections.This a complete derailment of the CPA and will the nivasha files for renogoatiations.Clearly this will send the whole country in chaos,turmoil and definitely a very bloody war!

    Salva Kiir was very clear in his message (Sudan tribune 25/3)((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.))Also in Nairobi during the IGAD meeting ,he appealed to the IGAD’s leaders that the CPA should be implemented by the book and elections and referundum to be held in time.

    Seeing that his futile adventures are coming to no avail Arman supported by his fellow looser Pagan started their typical communist tactics to call for postponment of the elections, with the support of Almahadi,the communist party,and other leftist socialist Arab national parties.After squandering millions of the money of the poor people of the South in their extravagant "presidential" election campaign,the clique of the political bureau found that they are going to loose their tight grip on the power and wealth of the south.

    The hand picked candidates will loose for the independant candidates and Arman will loose even in the south.The only way out for them is to try and postpone the elections, even if this is going to derail the CPA!

    Salva Kiir is not going to come to Khartoum probably untill there is no time to talk about postponement of the elections.He wants the independant candidates to win and he knowes that they are going to win.He will accept them back to the SPLA, as he has already announced.He is going to win in the south.The NCP is actually supporting him in the south.He will leave Arman and Pagan to drown and sink in their own hand made mud!He will then concentrate on solving the problems of the south after getting rid of the cabal which dominated the SPLA after the death of Garang

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