Arrangements completed for Sudan's South Kordofan elections in May: report

12:55, April 28, 2011      

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The Higher Committee for the complementary elections in Sudan's South Kordofan State on Wednesday said all technical and administrative arrangements were completed for the elections due on May 2, the official SUNA news agency reported.

"The committee has completed all the technical and administrative arrangements for the voting process that would begin on May 2 for the post of state governor and the state's legislative council," SUNA quoted the committee Chairman Adam Abdin Ismail as saying.

He said the committee has received all necessary materials, adding that the National Elections Commission (NEC) has trained 32 officers at the geographical constituencies, according to the report.

Ismail further reiterated keenness of the NEC and the state's elections committee to conduct a fair and transparent electoral process, adding that 10,000 local observation cards have been issued for the political observers, 37 cards for the international monitors supervised by the Carter Center, in addition to Asian and African observers.

The South Kordofan State has witnessed bloody armed clashes between two tribes at the beginning of this month which resulted in killing of 19 people, injury of about 32 others and burning of 500 homes in addition to displacement of great numbers of civilians.

The NEC postponed South Kordofan State elections in April 2010, in the wake of a memorandum presented then by the state's political forces to the NEC and the Sudanese presidency, complaining that the share of the state constituencies and representation in the National Assembly (parliament) and the national legislative council was weak according to the result of the country's fifth population census.

Source: Xinhua
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