Sudan's ruling party candidate wins South Kordofan State governor elections

09:29, May 16, 2011      

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Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) candidate Ahmed Haroun on Sunday won the governorship vote in South Kordofan State, located on the north-south border, with about 6,000 votes ahead of his rival from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Mukhtar Al-Asam, a member of the National Elections Commission (NEC), said at a press conference here on Sunday that Haroun has been elected governor of South Kordofan State.

Haroun has scored 201,455 votes against 194,955 votes for the SPLM candidate Abdul-Aziz Al-Hilo while the independent candidate Telephon Koko came third with 9,130 votes.

The NCP meanwhile has won the majority of the seats of the national and state legislative councils after wining in 21 geographical constituencies against 10 constituencies for the SPLM.

The legislative councils will supervise the state's popular consultation as stipulated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement ( CPA).

The SPLM has earlier withdrawn from the vote sorting and counting process and accused the NEC of being biased and standing alongside the NCP.

The SPLM later stressed that it would not recognize the results of South Kordofan State's elections or participate in the state's local parliament and government, claiming that the NCP has forged the results of the elections.

In the meantime, Sudanese newspapers on Sunday quoted the SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum as saying that "aggravation of the situation in South Kordofan would lead to a crisis in Khartoum and undermine its government. It will lead to a comprehensive confrontation at Nuba Mountains' area besides that the citizen of the area will demand separation, which means a military and security reaction by the government."

Meanwhile, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Sunday stressed that it would not allow any trend other than the regular forces of the government to have armed presence in South Kordofan to undermine the stability in the region.

Media sources further indicated that the SPLM has made contacts with the patronage of the CPA together with members of the UN Security Council and informed them with the developments in South Kordofan State.

Source: Xinhua
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