April 19, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) accused today its peace partner, the National Congress Party of troop building in the Blue Nile Stat ahead of results there.
- Malik Agar Eyre
The Blue Nile with Southern Kordofan state are supposed to have a special statue in accordance of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement allowing them to have more autonomy after popular consultations that should take place there.
The SPLM agents in the region say the withdrawn candidate, Yasir Arman, has won the majority of the votes in the Blue Nile however they fear that the NCP may manipulate the results during the counting operation to declare its candidate winner in the state.
"The information we have is that there is a buildup" in the state, said Arman during a press conference held in Khartoum today. The NCP "is sending military forces and we are cautious" he added.
The SPLM top official in northern Sudan also accused the president Omer Al-Bashir of preparing to rig the results of the electoral process for the post of governor in Blue Nile State where the incumbent Malik Aggar is the SPLM candidate.
"This is a red line," he said; adding "If the election is rigged, the SPLM leadership will have to meet and assess the situation to determine what type of step to take".
The SPLM Northern Sudan decided to not participate in the elections and pulled out its candidate for legislative and gubernatorial elections. The difficult decision had been criticized by the NCP but also some SPLM leading members including Aggar who considers he has a chance to maintain control of the governor’s position.
A Sudanese police source justified the increasing presence of security forces in the Blue Nile by saying these forces are part of a security plan to prevent troubles in the different part of the country.
"These are ordinary measures" he told Reuters.
Also Senior NCP member Rabie Abdelati said: "The early figures show that the NCP will get the victory in Blue Nile. Yasir Arman knows this and this is why he is making these falsehoods."