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Two opposition parties boycott polls in Sudan’s South Kordofan State

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April 21, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A couple of mainstream opposition parties in north Sudan have decided to boycott gubernatorial elections in the country’s central state of South Kordofan, citing objections to what they termed as the use of state resources to support the two frontrunners.

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PCP leader Hassan Al-Turabi (F) NUP leader Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi (B) (FILE IMAGE)

Gubernatorial and legislative elections in Sudan’s north-south border state of South Kordofan are due to be held on May 2 after they lagged behind as Sudan held countrywide elections in April last year due to disagreements over the 2008 census and delimitation of geographic constituencies.

The two frontrunners in gubernatorial elections are the state’s deputy governor, Abdel Aziz Adam Al-Hilu, who is representing north Sudan sector of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the ruling party in South Sudan, and north Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party’s (NCP) incumbent candidate, Ahmed Haroun, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur region.

Both of the National Umma Party (NUP) led by Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi and the Popular Congress Party (PCP) of the detained Islamist leader Hassan Al-Turbi announced on Thursday that they would not contest in the gubernatorial elections in South Kordofan, with the PCP saying that it has decided to boycott state assembly elections as well.

“Our party has decided not to participate in the election of state governor because it has become a contest for which the ruling parties harnessed state resources,” the NUP said in a press release seen by Sudan Tribune.

The NUP, which initially fielded a candidate in the gubernatorial race before the candidate withdrew this month, warned that the climate in South Kordofan was charged and that the competing parties would not accept the results.

On the other hand, the PCP said it had decided to boycott the elections on all levels due to the “flagrant rigging” in the re-drawing of geographic constituencies and the NCP’s “shameless” use of public fund and state media in supporting the electoral campaign of its candidate Ahmed Haroun.

The secretary-general of the SPLM’s northern sector, Yasir Arman, this week criticized a visit by North Sudan’s Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha to South Kordofan where he inaugurated a number of development projects. Arman argued that by doing so the NCP had violated the election law which prohibits the use of state resources to woo support for candidates.

Concerns over the elections in South Kordofan increased when unknown militias attacked the village of El-Feid this month, killing at least 17 people and burning hundreds of houses. The SPLM accused Ahmed Haroun of mobilizing the paramilitary Popular Defense Forces to carry out the attack.

South Korodfan lie on the fault line between north and south Sudan, and is expected to produce most of north Sudan’s oil after the south, from which 75% of the country’s oil wealth is extracted, secedes in July after it voted for independence in a referendum in January.

The state is due to hold popular consultations after the elections to decide whether the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended north-south civil war in 2005, has met the aspiration of the state’s population.

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  • 22 April 2011 21:39, by Paul Ongee

    Where are Jalaby, Ahmed, Mohamed Ali, Liberator and the likes? We need comments from you guys since you poke your nose into Southern matters especially when Khartoum-backed militia Generals disrupt peace in the South Sudan and Abyei. Don’t you have oil, corruption, democracy, you name it in the North Sudan?

    Is it because the National Umma Party and Popular Congress Party leaders are not from the ruling tribe, Jaahleen? National Criminal Party, National Umma Party and Popular Congress Party need supporters like you. Come out. What do you think about the pullout of the two opposistion parties from the gubenatorial race and the ICC-indicted candidate of the National Criminal Party, Ahmed Haroum? Do you expect Ahmed Haroun to win and commit another war crime in Southern Kordofan as he initially did in Darfur? The choice is yours.

    My comment is; people in Northern Sudan need freedom of expression, peace, equal development and justice NOT BASED ON bloody/non-bloody coup detat, violence and ridiculous competitive interpretation of Quran to govern the country.

    Paul Ongee
    Khartoum Watch

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    • 23 April 2011 01:36, by mohammed ali

      Paul,

      I can see that your address changed to "Khartoum Watch" .Do you mean that you left Khartoum? If that is so let me know so that I could congratulate you!

      Even though I donnot see why you should bother yourself by watching Khartoum! It is a bloody Jalabba country , where there is corruption, lack of demogracy, human rights and you name it.

      Go to the SPLA paradise where there is demogracy, respect to human right, prosperity , stability and security!Hopfully we will copy your achievements!

      By the way there is no tribe called jaahleen in Sudan.

      Albasheer is bederia tribe, Ali Osman is shaygee, Abduraheem (defence) is Mahasee, Hamid( interior) is from the east biga tribe, Ali Mahmoud ( finance) is from Darfur, justice minister is also from Darfur, Kerti( foregin affairs) is JALEEN!

      We have no interest in what happen in your country , we only answer when you poke your nose into our affairs. We donnot wish you bad, we wish all the best.Become the best country in the world and that will make us happy.We just donnot want you to point your finger towards us whenever a problem happen in your country!

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