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Sudan’s NCP threatens not to recognize the referendum outcome

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November 20, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) on Saturday expressed its dissatisfaction with the voter registration process for the South Sudan referendum in the North saying there were clear violations that undermines the credibility of the process.

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An officer registers the name of a South Sudanese man at a registration centre in Khartoum, November 15, 2010 (Reuters)

Mandoor Al-Mahdi, a senior NCP official, told the government sponsored Sudanese Media Center (SMC) that the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM), in control of the South, is exercising intimidation against potential voters in the capital and also those urging Southerners to register.

The official alleged that SPLM members are present at polling stations to persuade Southerners not to register. He added that these incidents were reported to the South Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) to rectify the situation but no action was taken.

The presidential adviser and NCP figure Al-Sheik Beesh told SMC that they will not recognize the outcome of the referendum if the registration process continues in this non-transparent manner.

Voter registration began on Monday for the January 2011 referendum on whether oil-producing southern Sudan should secede from the north. It is widely expected that Southerners will choose independence.

In Khartoum, registration centers were empty as many southerners who live in the Sudanese capital made the trip south to enroll or abstained from registering altogether for fear of intimidation by the ruling party in the North.

The presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie toured the registration centers in Khartoum this week and appeared visibly angry on TV saying that the low turnout was a result of SPLM instructions. He has also reportedly clashed with poll workers after they turned away a prospective voter who did not have the required documentation to register.

However, the SPLM made similar accusations to the NCP that it is seeking to pressure Southerners in the North to vote for unity through "citizens’ committees" by collecting the phone numbers of those who registered.

The SPLM’s Atem Garang said southerners were being told: "You must vote for unity when you come and vote next time."

"It is intimidation. It is against the law," Garang told a news conference in Khartoum. He also denied that they had asked Southerners in the North to boycott the registration process.

"The southern Sudanese, we never urged them not to register because we want them to be free. When we talk about a free and fair referendum, it means when you are going to registration you must be free. We did not to talk to them to boycott the registration," Garang said.

Around five million southerners, living in both north and south Sudan and abroad, are eligible to sign up for the referendum which could result in the African continent’s largest country being split into two.

For the south to secede in a valid referendum, there must be an absolute majority of a minimum of 50 percent for independence plus one vote, and 60 percent of those eligible must also have cast their ballots.

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  • 21 November 2010 08:47, by Biliu

    This allegation if true, would be in contrary to our objectives, what we need is a full participation of all those are eligible to vote, there’s no reason the SPLM would intimate Southerners or urge them to boycott voter registration….on the other hand, we are aware that voter registration on the North might not be transparent as we hope it to be…personally, I’m afraid that NCP will play on the registration list, as so..it’s good that our people on the North has noticed that and are aware of it…..my people on the North…thank u soooo much for your understanding.

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    • 21 November 2010 22:07, by Ahmed Chol

      Somebody is already estimating how many people should turn out for the voter registration. That number has been estimated to be five million, this is sign for trouble. It is likely that problems will arise in numbers since numbers can be played with easily using a computer. Southerners could be less than or more than five millions. This is a trick emerging from NCP. NCP should be convinced that Sudan will only be peaceful when everything is done in a transparent manner with accountability with out double standard and not in a fishy manner that trigger wars and rebellions.

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  • 21 November 2010 09:20, by Andrew Ater REECH

    the threat and tactics you tried today are outdated sir, those tricks has been used over and over again, however, southerners has now becoming smarter and smarter once you trick them sir. we have been studying all posible solution as we as obstacle to the problem faced by southerners in their relation with northern criminal party (ncp) and the conclusion is "bye bye north".

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  • 21 November 2010 10:42, by Malou Manyiel

    There is nothing wrong whether South Sudanese in North Sudan are told by the SPLM or by themselves to refused registration in the States of Northern Sudan. I my self as an example refused registration in the North where am living curently and Iam now registered at home where am going to vote. No trust and transparency here in the North.

    Please Southerners! Don’t accept registration in the North.

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    • 21 November 2010 13:18, by Muor-cinkok Tungawan

      NCP, threatening is not suit term that they should use as way forward to convincing Southerners Sudanese to vote for their inequality unity of Sudan. This registration and voting is finalization and continuing of 2005 independent. The husband and wife can’t blame themselves by giving birth to a deaf child, Sudan is a mother and father of both south and north but north is a deaf child who born naturally deaf and does listen at least touch that where he can understand, this is hatred and belief from their in Sudan and around the world understood well is violent because talking with them do not make sense to them because they are professional in lying and reversing agreements. It is loud and clear that southerners are already separated and no roundabout that can turn them back around the world even they build southern within this remaining month to be like USA. Provocative terms in the past and currently will not help anymore to stop southerners to persuaded aspiration. Good numbers of southerners are educated with division of intellectuality; they are now ready to assist in army, politics, organizing resources and people of the south to fight you. Initiative of going back to war proposed by NCP is not our option but when it imposed on us we will recognized it and defense ourselves in all belong border despite where they are in Sudan, we not worried us anymore, we ready to resume war with NCP and it alliance, we had fought centuries ago and NCP doesn’t make it to defeated us militarily, at this coming war would be last and extinction of Arab in Sudan forever. Southerners are people who principle, when they say no, that mean they it completely and when they say yes and they can stand on their feet’s and thumb to oversee their statement and progress of it, these has been our culture both in North, South, West and East of Southern Sudan. Our vision currently is to registered and voted 100% for independent of South, defeating North with it alliance anywhere they are in the world wide. On the day ,Nafi el Nafi will died heart attack while watching southerners celebrating the victory and defeat of Arab in general and Basher will died in the hidden avoiding TV,

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      • 21 November 2010 13:44, by Sombiri

        Absolutely you’re correct ,he will die of heart attach sooner or later.

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  • 21 November 2010 12:16, by Martin D Ajhak

    No need to accuse SPLM.
    High turnout of Southerners everywhere to register is in the best interest of SLPM & Southerners. I don’t think whether SPLM can intimidate Southerners to boyccot registration. Be mindful that South has other options available at their disposal, whether you (Arab) recognise referendum outcome or not,

    And be warned that provoking Southerners at this stage is not a viable option. Peaceful seccession of Junub will save us long-term trade relation and avoidance of rebuilding two Capitals at the same time.

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    • 21 November 2010 15:54, by Paul Ongee

      Readers,

      The National Criminal Party (NCP) believes that it’s easy to play with figure or names of Southerners as it did in the last census of April 2008 and April elections of 2010 in order to win. The census results were deflated to reflect distribution of wealth sharing where GOSS is intended to receive even less than 25% leave alone 50% and inflated for wining the unity campaign in the upcoming referendum.

      Even if Southerner are fools to accept the "contradictory" figure, what would make sense that a southern woman living in the North has given birth to three or four children in less than two years? What kind of a person or a southerner would accept the sharp increase in figure within two years from 1,500 to 5,000 persons?

      In this case, what kind of unity is National Criminal Party talking about? The trick to increase the number of Southerners living in the North was based on the multiplication of names. For example, Paul Deng Bol (Deng Bol Paul, Bol Paul Deng, etc) will be replicated into hundred names or more to justify winning self-delusional unity.

      We keep telling NCP that the present generation of Southerners is ahead of its deceptive policy. Victory is certain folks though NCP is planning to block viewing celebrations of independence in the North after January 9, 2011. Prepare to celebrate.

      Paul Ongee
      Khartoum, Sudan

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      • 21 November 2010 17:28, by Paul Ongee

        Readers,

        The National Criminal Party (NCP) believes that it’s easy to play with figure or names of Southerners as it did in the last census of April 2008 and April elections of 2010 in order to win. The census results were deflated to reflect distribution of wealth sharing where GOSS is intended to receive even less than 25% leave alone 50% and inflated for wining the unity campaign in the upcoming referendum.

        Even if Southerner are fools to accept the "contradictory" figure, what would make sense that a southern woman living in the North has given birth to three or four children in less than two years? What kind of a person or a southerner would accept the sharp increase in figure within two years from 1,500 to 5,000 persons?

        In this case, what kind of unity is National Criminal Party talking about? The trick to increase the number of Southerners living in the North was based on the multiplication of names. For example, Paul Deng Bol (Deng Bol Paul, Bol Paul Deng, etc) will be replicated into hundred names or more to justify winning self-delusional unity.

        We keep telling NCP that the present generation of Southerners is ahead of its deceptive policy. Victory is certain folks though NCP is planning to block viewing celebrations of independence in the North after January 9, 2011. Prepare to celebrate. The outcome of the referendum is already recognized by the Creator of Heaven and Earth not Khartoum.

        Paul Ongee
        Khartoum, Sudan

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        • 21 November 2010 20:13, by John M. Atem

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  • 21 November 2010 18:49, by mass

    Menaces and denials are nothing but more habitual actions of NCP. This is not the first time they threaten not to recognize southern Sudan referendum. They have been working day and night-building conspiracies against the free will of southern Sudanese who are destined to create their own destiny. But NCP must understand that this is new era -an era of harmony, unity and understanding for the people of southern Sudan and therefore this great family is united more than ever. As such this great family is stronger, smarter and faster in understanding the philosophy that encompasses and complements its need as one family and subsequently has both minimum and maximum capabilities and effective measures to counter and neutralize any threats level against it.
    God Bless Southern Sudan. For its people need your blessing upon them very much in order for them to have freedom and live in peace and integrity.

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  • 21 November 2010 20:36, by makuei

    Laughable stuff. NCP is fuming because she has failed in her tactics. Besides, the refusal of the Southerners to register in Khartoum in preference of registering back home in the South is irritating and paining them, hence falsely accusing SPLM of frustrating the registration process, a basis on which NCP elements rest threats that they will not accept the Referendum results.

    Well, I can request NCP and Bashir’s Government to spare themselves the stress by granting the Southerners their independence on a silver platter if they have judged that the Referendum result will be a unanimous vote for a single hand.

    Raphael Makuei

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  • 22 November 2010 11:31, by Joseph Beckkacbaai

    Nafi Ali Nafi is wasting his time to talk about Southern Sudanese people.We do not want Arabs to recognize ourcome of our Referedum in January 2011.We have been staying without recognition of Arabs and are still staying in Southern Sudan.

    NCP is making noise in Khartoum and that is the end of NCP in Sudan as whole.After Referendum there will be no National Congress Party which is covering Sudan there will be Northern Congress Party which deal for the North only and not Sudan in general.

    I thanks SPLM for the respond to NCP.I really support the comments made by SPLM.Who is threatening people now is it SPLM or NCP?According to me it is NCP intimidating people and not SPLM.

    Let all notherners keep quite for Southern Sudan Referendum it is for Southeren Sudanese only.I urge you to stop talking about Southerners.

    The man far away from politics

    New Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    South Sudan Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    SPLM Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    Our Referendum Oyeeeeeeeeeeeee

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