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Withdrawn SPLM candidate violated Elections Act, says NEC


By Julius N. Uma

April 5, 2010 (JUBA) — Last week’s sudden withdrawal of Mr. Yasir Arman, the official SPLM presidential candidate contravened a section of the 2008 National Elections Act, a senior National Elections Commission (NEC) official told Sudan Tribune.

The Act, which consists of 11 chapters and 112 sections, was enacted by the National Assembly, in accordance with the Interim National Constitution of the Republic of the Sudan 2005, and signed by the President of the Republic.

According to NEC’s Jersa Kide, Mr. Arman’s recent withdrawal should have taken place within a period of not less than 45 days prior to polling day, provided he notified the Commission of his actions in a signed written form that would have been legally authenticated.

Citing section 45 (3) of the 2008 Act, the NEC official said, "The candidate shall not withdraw her/his nomination after the period specified in section (1) and his name shall be included on the ballot paper and any vote cast for him/her on polling day shall be deemed valid".

Asked about the implications of Mr. Arman winning the elections after he withdrew from the race, yet his name remained on the ballot paper, Ms Kide said the SPLM candidate will then be declared winner of the presidential elections.

"Since Yasir Arman’s name has already been printed on the ballot papers, some of his supporters will still vote for him and if he gets majority votes, NEC will have to officially declare him the President of the republic," she told Sudan Tribune yesterday.

NEC has since come under attack, with political analysts accusing the electoral body of failure to set penalties for candidates who act contrary to the set election rules and regulations.

On Wednesday last week, Mr. Arman, the SPLM presidential flag bearer announced he was dropping out of the presidential race, saying it was "impossible" to hold an election in the Sudan’s troubled western region of Darfur, adding that the whole process had already been "rigged" even before the elections.

He however, insisted that his party [the SPLM], would still participate in the parliamentary and local elections across the country, except for Darfur, the area where an estimated 300,000 people are believed to have died and nearly 2.5 million displaced from the conflict, which started in February 2003.

Meanwhile, supporters of Mr. Arman yesterday staged a demonstration outside the SPLM premises in Khartoum in protest the party’s impromptu decision to withdraw its candidate from the presidential race with less than two weeks to the elections.

Dozens of Mr. Arman supporters, majority of them carrying flags of the SPLM chanted slogans in Arman’s favor, with the protesters accusing NEC of alleged fraud and violations of 2008 election law.

Hitherto, Mr. Arman candidacy had gathered scores of supporters from outside the SPLM, particularly in northern and western Sudan. As such, he was seen as a threat to the re-election of President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, the official National Congress Party (NCP) candidate.


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  • 6 April 2010 04:45, by murlescrewed

    SIMPLE...let’s make sure CDE Arman continues to run if the NEC does not accept this decision taken behind his back. Clearly, CDE Arman did not willingly decide to withdraw but was overruled by secessionist in the SPLM. For that reason, this decision may have been taken even though it was in clear violation of the NEC laws. It is time to correct the mistake and ask CDE Arman to resume his campaign.

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    • 6 April 2010 04:57, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      This NEC is rubbish and its officials do not know what they are talking about. When did they come to read and implement their so-called electoral acts when they are violated day in and day out under their blind but watchful eyes.

      There are special circumstances in the NEC Act that allow for such withdrawals unless the SPLM had wanted for replacement, then this would have made difference in the interpretation of the NEC Act. But the SPLM is not seeking to replace Yasser Arman. So, the action was allowed to take place in such a special cirmcumstance........

      Please understand your Act very well and don’t misinterpret it.......

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      • 6 April 2010 05:57, by Time1


        You have understood something for the first time sir, the NEC Act only talks on replacements not individual.

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      • 6 April 2010 06:42, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

        I wish Mr. Kiir would not win again

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        • 6 April 2010 13:21, by Ayok

          Why Kiir wouldn’t win?

          Please be carefull by the way, Kiir Mayardit is the man of justice, equality and development. Leave along dog Lam Akol the man of $$$$$ in Khartoum.

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      • 6 April 2010 07:03, by kuminyandi


        This explanation have nothing to do with replacement of candidates. It is very clear from the article. The withdrawing period has expired, that means The NEC is not going to drop any candidates who withdraw after the expiration date which is Feb 12th,2010. Therefore, Yassir and any candidates who withdrew after Feb 12th, their names are going to appear in the ballots, because they failed to informed NEC at due time or 45 days earlier. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand that. Thanks


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        • 6 April 2010 23:44, by mack waweru

          This election is null and void of any substance. If NEC was serious, they could have constitutionally ask or even force NCP to demarcate the border between north and south such that aspirants for posts would know the boundaries of their constituencies.
          This election is just a stimulation for these Arabs and black sellouts who just want to try how elections are done.
          Where is the "referendum commission" stipulated in the CPA and interim constitution which was suppose to be in place before the elections, such that a new elected government and parliament would work right away on modalaties of carryingout the referendum? NEC and its NCP are doing shit in the country, we in SPLM don’t give damn to their shit. Let them run alone, these tanks and antinovs graduates.

          Mack Awer

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    • 6 April 2010 05:36, by junub

      We all knows cadre Yasir Arman did not just quit as the pro-Arab militia leader (Riak Machar) said it that Yasir has voluntarly exited the race.

      That is a big lie because Yasir Arman is not a quitter nor is he a defector or a militia thug as he traitor Riak Machar is.
      If Yasir was a quitter, he would have exited the SPLM/A moment long time ago as he nyagat leader, Riak Machar, did in 199. He would have not let himself be arrested by the thugs just for the sake of our rights, included the referendum some idiots are talking about.

      Firstly, Yasir Arman was not in the SPLM/A moment and party all these times because of traitor Riak Machar or Salva Kiir to naively accept their threat to withdraw from the race. He was in the moment because of people, went to the jail because of people, So he Yasir has to back into the race and races bitterly against this out going president calls El Bashir. Yasir might thinks of apology to tell us, but that is not an imperative issue right now. We don’t need his apology right now because some might have not ears to hear until they see him come back with all his pull heart. His apology is when he won this April elections over El Bashir and he will because majority will votes for him.

      Yasir should have to read our minds if he was really for us because we are now for him. We know and understand that the SPLM of today is not the SPLM of yesterday we all know; thus, he (the SPLM party) will pay great price for its weakness to allows the pro-Arab militia leader Riak Machar to run the SPLM party according to his owns nyagat thoughts.

      Kiir have to sake traitor Riak Machar or else he should have to resign voluntarly militia Riak Machar puts words in Yasir Arman’s mouth.

      Fuck this stupid torrist SPLM party. The International Community should now takes the lesson to distanced itself from this visionless and missionless party so calls the SPLM in Juba, which is controlled by traitor Riak Machar who genocided thousands of civilians in 1991 in greater Bor area.

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      • 6 April 2010 06:01, by Time1


        Arman cannot be brought back to this presidential race, because there is still the violations in the elections which lead to his withdrawal and also there is no time left of discuss this issue.

        Sudanese in general let us forget Armans issue to prepare for elections, there are other candidates posiiton in parliament and governors that we should be concenred about. Armans case should be closed period, otherwise it will mess up everything and people will regret more, let it be left were it is and his decision to withdrawen respected.

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        • 6 April 2010 06:22, by Dinka Boy

          Hey Time1,

          Which election are you talking about?

          South Sudan election without Sudan general election,right?

          If you wish that way, please you better talk about election in the South without election and referendum as well. I have to remind you that NEC never talk of repacement,but NEC is telling South Sudanese that you guys withdraw your candidate after the time limit(45 days),in which the Arman name will be there in his box because he will be consider a valid candidate according to CPA. Tell me sometime if we will peacefully go to referendum without this election. Now, you have to know that every international observors are talking against SPLM at the moment because normal people can not prefigure the possibilities as valid result.


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          • 6 April 2010 21:54, by Time1

            Dinka Boy

            If NEC says Arman’s name is still on the papers, so what is the problem then?

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        • 6 April 2010 06:44, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

          I wish if Lam Akol is would the president in south to ease our wound, which kiir caused to our greater SPLM

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          • 6 April 2010 08:10, by Wilson Kur Lual

            Mr. Samuel_kur

            Your vampire poitician Lam, who has been sucking blood of long suffered people of southern sudan to satisfy’s single anus and still with blood on mouth has no chance of winning presidential post my dear Kur ; The entire nation is tire of him and unless naturally slave haerted like you can vote him.

            Death to him and his blind supportes

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  • 6 April 2010 04:55, by Dinka Boy

    Dear readers,

    I have been telling South Sudanese that SPLM violate the accord.
    I am really regret that SPLM has become the place of illiterate who can not reason behind the thick wall. Do we have educational background to obey the contract,or do we think that the sign contract is rubbish?
    Let me see and wait what will be happening in Sudan after April election.

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    • 6 April 2010 05:00, by Gatwech

      Dinka Boy,

      Don’t just jump into a pool not knowing how deep it is while you don’t know how to swim.

      There is a big difference between withdrawing a candidate and replacing that candidate and withdrawing the candidate but NOT replacing that candidate.

      The latter is allowed by the law. If the SPLM wanted to replace Yasser Arman, then the NEC would have talked like that. But the SPLM is NOT replacing Yasser Arman, so what is the noise all about?

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      • 6 April 2010 05:11, by Dinka Boy


        Your commonsense is always contradicting.
        Withdrawal and replacing are opposite dear.

        Do you mean that if SPLM replace its candidate then it will be aviolation, right?
        SPLM take out their candidate from the race;therefore, it’s a violation of CPA because this election has been documented and signed.

        This election is amust game and therefore there is alimited to withdrawal your candidate( 45days). Now, SPLM withdraw it’s candidate after 45 days, is that not aviolation?

        Please, you are just knew to politibs because you just born yesterday in 1990s.
        Please shut up!

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        • 6 April 2010 05:38, by Gatwech

          Dinka Boy,

          Did Abel Alier, the Chairman of NEC, say any thing about the withdrawal as illegal? The answer is a big NO! So shut up!

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          • 6 April 2010 05:50, by Dinka Boy


            I know 100% that i just conversing with fool and child at the same time who know zero politics. But let me bother my self to response because a fool learn through nake eyes.

            My friend, Abel Alier is just a chairman of NEC, who followed the document of CPA. Yes, Abel did not say anything about the withdrawal of Yasir Arman,but he is following the path of CPA. WoW! you are primitive in thinking.

            The withdrawal is illegal according to CPA that if aparty withdraw its candidate after 45 days,then it will be considered inappropriate and it will be an automatic violation of CPA. Read the article again to undersand,instead, of you intrudding your nyagatism eyes.

            I will see what will be the outcome after April election.

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            • 6 April 2010 15:40, by Gatwech

              Dinka Boy,

              Please be specific. There is something called Electoral Act that guides the conduct of elections. It is not CPA or constitutions. Those are vast documents out of which Acts are drawn. So talk of Electoral Act and NOT CPA. I hope my lecture to you will make you learn, though you are a slow learner.

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        • 7 April 2010 01:39, by mack waweru

          Dinka Boy

          What will you now do that SPLM has for good decided not to participate in elections at all levels in the northern sector?

          Mack Awer

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      • 6 April 2010 06:46, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

        I wish there would be a new leadership in SPLM than Kiir

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      • 6 April 2010 15:48, by Albino Kuel

        Dear Dinka Boy,
        Iam very sick of your always abusing people on this website seem you as you are the King of King of always abusing Dinka and telling us long stories of empty,Am requesting you brother SPLM know what he is doing in the Sudan and how he may achieve his gold, don,t let yourself be taken away by abroad behaving of having no suffering and sitting ideally.

        SPLM must do what is necessary to them if the Can do by now and see what will happen later on so that we can vote for second citizen in the Sudan.

        Duwar’s Son

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    • 6 April 2010 06:11, by Time1

      Dinka Boy

      You need to go back to school because your not even a dinka just a foolish pretender. Armans case is closed, Armans withdraw that so it is his own problem that is number on, number two the SPLM by participating will only legitimaize the winning of bashir more, because if this elections is postphone or not i think bashir will still win it and not even Arman, so do not waste your energy my friend. Arman withdrawal is good for CPA that is why he did it.

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      • 6 April 2010 06:48, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

        I know there is wrong at SPLM decision while Mr. Pagan is not heard.

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  • 6 April 2010 05:01, by Oduho Oduho

    Arman supporters, You are all bunch of idiots. If that idiot knew that the election was "raged" before it’s even being brought to people to vote for it , why did he then kept you the supporters blind untill the last minutes. Infact I don’t blame Bashir for anything any more, because both SPLM and their cadidates Arman are all just asssss hossssssssssssse with big mouthes.

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  • 6 April 2010 05:14, by Dinka Boy

    Gatwech and Oduko,

    Your commonsense is always contradicting. Withdrawal and replacing are opposite dear.

    Do you mean that if SPLM replace its candidate then it will be aviolation, right? SPLM take out their candidate from the race;therefore, it’s a violation of CPA because this election has been documented and signed.

    This election is amust game and therefore there is alimited to withdrawal your candidate( 45days). Now, SPLM withdraw it’s candidate after 45 days, is that not aviolation?

    Please, you are just knew to politibs because you just born yesterday in 1990s. Please

    Oducko, your reasoning ressemble that of primitive who never been to school.
    Yes, we are not happy with the withdrawal of Yasir Arman at the last minute because it’s a violation of sign law/election.

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    • 6 April 2010 05:43, by Gatwech

      Dinka Boy,

      Abel Alier, the chairman of NEC, has approved the withdrawal of Yasser Arman. So which violation does your rebellious NEC talk about? Or are your rebellious NEC officials part of Yasser Arman’s campaign team and feel betrayed before they could get their share of wasted campaign money? Please don’t mix up issues. Abel Alier is the chairman of NEC and not rebellious officials fighting for their selfish interests and misinterpreting the ACT.

      SPLM withdrew its candidate and NOT seeking replacement, period. This is allowed by the ACT. Abel Alier understands that far better than your learners......

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      • 6 April 2010 07:13, by kuminyandi


        When did Abel Alier approved the withdrawal of Yasser Arman from presidential race? Can you provide me with date and time? And what sources have you used to get this information about approval of Abel to Mr. Arman’s withdrawal? Thanks


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        • 6 April 2010 07:17, by Dinka Boy

          kuminyandi ,

          You are wasting your spare time responding to adead horse.
          Gatwech is nothing and he will just pup on his pant talking flimsy arguments.

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    • 6 April 2010 06:50, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

      I am feeling Omar Bashir had cheat SPLM for some thing mare.

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  • 6 April 2010 05:27, by Thyinka

    The decision to withdraw Yassir Arman in a mad rush to ensure refererendum for the South( if that is what SPLM think) is the worse political move ever made by SPLM PB and it has put them in a very weak position. An article entitled "Bargaining with NCP at any cost is a threat to Southern Sudan referendum" by Parek Paduot provides a realistic scenario of what is likely to happen after the election. Read it here http://www.newsudanvision.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2082:-analysis-bargaining-with-ncp-at-any-cost-is-a-threat-to-southern-sudan-referendum-&catid=1:sudan-news-stories&Itemid=6

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    • 6 April 2010 05:47, by Gatwech

      Shut up!

      What do you know about the issues considered in the move. Some of you will NEVER understand how you are being freed.

      Tell me what can the South gain from Yasser Arman? First he is a staunch unionist and voiced his position against separation of the South.

      Second he is Jallaba and if the SPLM wanted to rule in Khartoum it should have put Salva Kiir to compete against Bashir, NOT another Jallaba against another Jallaba. It doesn’t make any expected difference.......

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      • 6 April 2010 05:54, by Time1

        There is some sense in your comment, but i do not think that is the reasons why he was withdrawn.

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      • 6 April 2010 16:32, by Thyinka

        Gatwech, don’t rush to shut people up. This maybe another April Fool’s agreement between the NCP and the SPLM like the Khartoum Peace Agreement signed in 1997. I know your Uncle was excited about the withdrawal of Arman and rushed to announce it but it is not going to do any good if NCP continues to find greater political strength as a result of this SPLM’s blunder. The SPLM will end up in the bush again like your uncle who ran back to SPLM because he didn’t have the political power to ensure the implementation of his April’s Fool agreement of 1997 as it used to be called in the SPLM.

        One should negotiate from a position of strength not weakness, otherwise you will always get a bum deal and the stronger party achieves its objectives. The main objectives of NCP are to remain in power and to ensure that the South doesn’t separate. The main objectives of the SPLM are to ensure democratic transformation and the Separation of the South if the former can’t be achieved. These are differing visions for the same country and a conflict is likely to ensue be it political or otherwise.

        There is nothing you can gain by giving your political opponent an advantage for a promise that he may not keep if he doesn’t have to. What incentive does NCP has to provide political leverage for SPLM that will help it implement its agenda in Sudan. The only credible political force in Sudan now that can oppose NCP manoeuvres is SPLM. And NCP will be happy to see them go into their real or political graveyard. So that the voice for Southern Sudan is ineffective and unable to stand up for Southern Sudanese. This was a chance for SPLM to improve its political fortune by competing at all level of government but they have bungled it.

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        • 6 April 2010 22:06, by Time1


          Do you really think omer bashir will lose elections and will quit the power in Sudan, you really believe that dream? If bashir lost and Arman or anyone was to come in the army would stage a coup and put bashir back, the CPA would be violated and there will be a major war between north and south, when the war happen all will have to forget about free elections or even running for presidency, another candidate than the NCP winning this election is not possible sir, SPLM is playing the right card. Do you really think that if Arman comes back to the race it can secure anything? try and think strategically.

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          • 7 April 2010 01:40, by Thyinka


            If I understand what you are saying, it seems you are resigned to the fact that NCP will keep the presidency at all cost which I would agree to as being realistic. However, if SPLM had kept Arman for the presidency, they would have gain more seat in the North for parliamentary and other political posts given that SPLM supporters in the North would have someone to look toward for political and moral support.

            Arman withdrawal is like the death of SPLM in the North because he was the symbol of SPLM there. Have you heard the SPLM is mulling withdrawing from elections in the North? The reason is because no vigorous campaign would be going on there now and their political aspirants for various seat are likely to lose to other parties or even NCP itself.

            My point is that if SPLM has political strength, it would not be at the mercy of the NCP as they will likely be after the election even if they do well in the South but don’t gain political seats in the North. They will remain a minority in the government. If you want to think strategically, you will be looking for allies to help push your agenda, not acquiescing to enemies. I would call the current SPLM strategy a failed strategy because it is a dominated strategy...it does nothing to enhance SPLM political strength but instead make it weaker. As someone once put it "avoiding danger in the long run is no safer than outright exposure" This is going to be a "daring adventure" or nothing.

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  • 6 April 2010 05:51, by Time1

    I think this section has been misunderstood by many, it talks about withdrawal in exchange of another candidate, not the same candidate.you cannot replace another candidate with anotehr within that period, also candidates can freely give up their race for presidency whenever they wish, This lady Kide what does she know about the elections Act? there is no rules which says a candidate cannot pull out even if they want it or no, a candidate can always withdraw or give up the race at any point, we have seen that in many elections were there has been disputes and candidate just pull out to avoid further dragging of the process, go and understand the section dealing with that, otherwise NEC would have been the first to talk about it and not someone on the internet.

    Armans case is closed, he cannot be brought back in, wether omer bashir will win it or not, lets leave it behind because anyother further moves will waste peoples time and mess the whole elections.

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    • 6 April 2010 06:53, by samuel_kur@yahoo.ca

      I am asking our God if he would bring some one like John Garang now?

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    • 6 April 2010 23:12, by Oduho Oduho


      You are partly correct to say cadidates can give up their cadidacy whenever they wish, but according to the election laws mandated in the CPA, a candidate can only do so when it’s still 45 days before the election date, and Arman’s withrowal has voilated that, because it’s just two weeks to the election date.

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  • 6 April 2010 05:55, by Dinka Boy


    I know 100% that i am conversing with fool and a child at the same time who knew zero politics. But let me bother my self to response because a fool learn through nake eyes.

    My friend, Abel Alier is just a chairman of NEC, who followed the document of CPA. Yes, Abel did not say anything about the withdrawal of Yasir Arman,but he is following the path of CPA. WoW! you are primitive in thinking.

    The withdrawal of Arman is illegal according to CPA that if aparty withdraw its candidate after 45 days,then it will be considered inappropriate and it will be an automatic violation of CPA. Read the article again to undersand,instead, of you intrudding your nyagatism eyes.

    I will see what will be the outcome after April election. Thanks

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  • 6 April 2010 08:38, by Dinka Boy

    We South Sudanese know Yasir Arman more than El Bashier,

    We need Election to be done at the right time and we want SPLM to put back his presidential candidate( Yasir Arman).

    What are the evidences that help you that Mr Yasir Arman is not a legitimate leader who indeed can,t guarantee South Sudanese referendum in 2011?

    First, Arman is a full SPLM cammander who served the interest of South Sudanese since 1986 till the signing of CPA. His struggle in case of our interest can make him the president of Sudan understand the contract of CPA accord.

    Now, we mean that Omer El Bashier will give referendum in 2011 if Sudanese in general elect him in this month?

    My Southerners, if SPLM withdraw Yasir Arman because we South Sudanese think of him as an obstacle in 2011 referendum,then we all are wrong. Why?

    Because the Arman presidency has no obstacle of referendum. He will and can not force South Sudanese to unity. We have to know that this election has been propose and it’s a must election that SPLM will not skipped unless if we agrred for War due our SPLM violation. Or we South Sudanese agree for the postponement of election and referendum to the farther notice.

    I beleived all know the precedures of how to handle contract,but if we not then it will be the blame to all of us at the nearest future.

    Yes, we think of Arman as Arab guy,but we will not do us harm than the ways many of Southerners thought of it. Why SPLM worried about ICC and the problem of Darfur. Are we sure that Bashier will hand Us the free referndum because of him being the president of Sudan. No dear brother.

    These issues of Darfur will probably take couple of years and it will delay the referendum that we are all yearning for. My friend, i really want Arman to compete with Bashier in this April no latter then next year so that we can quickly go to the referendum that was schedule next year.

    The withdrawal of Arman is an hazardous step that will not serve SPLM by peaceful means unless by war. Certainly, tell me latter in 2011 if we will get our independent while we had skipped this election. My prediction is too high then any other hypothensis that my brothers are wishing.

    SPLM is not clear because some of leaders like traitor Riek Machar said that Arman was the one who demand his withdrawal. Is that right?

    Some others said that there irregularities and the sign of rigging of election, then what are the evidences,and why not we provide cues to NEC and monitors about the irregularities;instead of we SPLM just withdrwal our candidates without concerned. Fear for what! who knows that Arman will take the seat so that we freely can go to 2011 without any alternation.

    SPLM and PB made a wrong decision that will take South Sudan to nowhere. I don,t think we will achieve 2011 while we have not participated in 2010. Tell me latter unless SPLM get it by war. Thanks

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    • 6 April 2010 09:35, by Aduol Liet


      I do not think there will be a good government in the Southern Sudan side if Riak Machar Teny still there. Riak was been jealousy after when history had denying himself and this is why the withdrawing of the SPLM Yasir Arman happen. Yasir has been fighting with Southern Sudanese and there is no point at all to trust indictment killer Omar al Bashir and fear to what Bashir will do for Southern Sudan’s independence. Riak Machar Teny have been running between Khartoum and Southern Sudan because he don’t like the nomination of Yasir Arman in the first place. Omar al Bashir is the more dangerous man and Southern Sudan in the SPLM must be careful whenever, they decide then, they have to forget about getting payroll under dictatorship and referendum should not worry people to return killer back Omar al Bashir this is a bad Idea and personal I did account to lack of politicians in Southern Sudan particular the top leaders.

      There is nothing will change Southern Sudanese even if the Yasir Arman win, Southern Sudanese will still favor independence because they Ideas of Islamic agendas has become a wounded in our hearts and will not be cure in small things. The bad in the nation is that, when the leader is confusing citizens then, people felt stupid for why inability have been led to lead people. Southern Sudanese must take out the concept that, Omar al Bashir was the only leade who signed peace agreement this is absolutely wrong concepts, if the new president came in the Office and refuse to follow what was been document then, it tell us that, Southern Sudanese will have independence automatical.
      If there are some deal made by the SPLM Top leaders we will find out later on and those leading will probably leave for good.

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  • 6 April 2010 14:35, by Kuany Dak

    Arman is behaving as the loser opposition parties members.It is shame he insists to withdraw his candidacy in the presidential race while he is now considering to rejoin the race after a week of suspend campaigning.

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    • 6 April 2010 15:49, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      The lady, Kide doesn’t know what she is talking about. The electoral law doesn’t prohibit candidates from pulling out even in the last minute. You can withdraw even one day before elections day as long as the presidential candidate is not replaced.

      Not only for Yasser Arman, even those of Sadiq Al-Mahdi and leaders of other opposition partis who are presidential candidates if their parties boycott the elections they can pull out any time. This is allowed!!

      Yasser Arman can withdraw any time for the race as long as the SPLM doesn’t demand to nominate another person. If the SPLM was to nominate another person to replace Arman, then NEC would be right to say the deadline is over. But pulling out your presidential candidate without a replacement is allowed.

      The lady needs to study it very well. And there is no way you could vote for a withdrawn candidate and be considered valid. That is NOT there in all elections conducted even if their pictures and names are already on the ballot papers. You just forget it or your vote can NEVER be counted if you tick the name of a withdrawn candidate.

      Let us close the issue of Yasser Arman. He is already a gone case!

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