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Elections in South Kordofan may spark revolution in Sudan

The vote in South Kordofan proved to be largely peaceful, but fears of violence are lingering as results are to be announced

Khaled Nour, Monday 9 May 2011
Kordofan
Abdul Aziz Adam Al Hilu, deputy governor of Southern Kordofan.
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Elections in the state of South Kordofan in central Sudan have raised the concern of political circles regarding a new civil war; it seems no party will accept the result of the election, no matter what the outcome. Residents went to the polls to select a governor for the state and representatives to the central parliament in elections that were scheduled to take place in April 2010 but were delayed for almost year over a census disagreement.

The Elections Commission is scheduled to release preliminary results on Sunday and transmit it to the headquarters for certification in mid-May. There is a two weeks appeal window afterwards, for those wishing to challenge the results.

Southern Kordofan, the site of oil fields and important civil war battlegrounds on the undefined north-south border, is key to Khartoum because it neighbors Darfur and the disputed oil-producing border region of Abyei border, another possible flashpoint between both sides in the build-up to the south’s secession.

Contesting the seat of governor are outgoing Governor Ahmed Haroun who is a member of the National Congress Party (NCP) led by President Omar Al-Bashir, and former Deputy Governor Abdel-Aziz Al-Helw, a leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) led by South Sudan leader Silva Kiir. Haroun is accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the ferocious conflict in Darfur, in the far west of the country, in which 300,000 have been killed so far, according to UN estimates.

“The ruling NCP in Khartoum is dealing with the elections as if it were a matter of life or death,” asserted Salah Al-Mane, a member of the Sudanese opposition. “That region is important for several reasons. If Haroun loses it will be an indirect admission of the allegations of the ICC, which is something the regime will not stand for. The oil-rich region Abyei is also located in that state which the southerners want to bring under their control.” Al-Mane added that “the majority does not support the NCP, but Khartoum will continue to rig elections like it did in previous elections that were boycotted by all opposition parties.”

The state is also home to the Nuba Mountains where the Blacks who mostly follow traditional African religions (including Al-Helw) live. The people there fought against Khartoum during Sudan’s civil war that began in 1983 until a peace agreement was signed in January 2005. Other than the African population, several Arab nomad tribes also live there, most prominently the Massiriya and Hawazma tribes.

“Neither side will accept the results if they are not in their favour,” insisted Rifaat Al-Mirghani, an activist in the opposition Umma Party. “I believe South Kordofan will be the spark of the Sudanese revolution against the regime. The southerners will not participate in overthrowing Bashir’s regime because they are busy building their new state, which will be declared on 9 July.”

Al-Mane agrees. “Overthrowing Bashir is the responsibility of northerners,” he said. “Because southerners believe they are no longer concerned with the Islamist disposition of the regime. If the regime does not fall, I expect a war, which will open the doors of hell. Everyone there is armed and no one will surrender.”

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15-05-2011 12:05am
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Elections rigged?
Why are the elections suddenly described as rigged? Is it because Hilu lost? Come on SPLM don't be sore losers? All the parties had representatives in the polling stations and at the counting. Except for Telephone Kuku.........Where was he? If
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Mentor
13-05-2011 08:11am
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Please read this
Hi Mentor, Please read the news article and the reader's comments Cheers Hassan
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Garang Malith
11-05-2011 03:48pm
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Don't let cunning fox steal away your freedom brothers and sisters.
If somebody said yesterday you were his enemy, but today he saying you are his friend. Can you believe that brothers and sisters,I think not today, nor tomorrow because if they knew that you were one family,they should n't killed you back than because family bind by love, not hatism. They hate you, but they want your land and if you n't choose careful then you will going to give away your freedom Nuba. Please brothers and sisters, think twice before you choose your destination because chance knock at one. Thanks you all.
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Garang Malith
10-05-2011 11:12pm
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Don't let cunning fox steal away your freedom brothers and sisters.
If somebody said yesterday you were his enemy, but today he saying you are his friend. Can you believe that brothers and sisters,I think not today, nor tomorrow because if they knew that you were one family,they should n't killed back than because family bind by love, not hatism. They hate you, but they want your land and if you n't choose careful then you will going to give away your freedom. Please brothers and sisters, think twice before you choose your destination because chance knock at one. Thanks you all.
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Ajuscommando
10-05-2011 12:50pm
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Never give up
My dear colleagues in Nuba, don't give up for your right. Please sing the song by name; get up get up, get up follow your right. You have your brothers who support you incase of any action will taken by NCP against Nubian right in your home land. The NCP used this candidate in Darfur for long time for terrorism and the same case want to happen in South Kordofan again. I hope you teach them the lesson that they will not forget
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Ajuscommando
10-05-2011 07:19am
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Don't surrender
Please my dear in Nuba, don't give chance lion since some of his teeths are old and he is not capable to management the country as they want lead Sudan into terrorism manner. Keep it up to threat them then to threat you in your mother home land.
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Dr.Col Dau Ding
09-05-2011 04:57pm
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NCP must accept defeat
If the NCP rig the gubernatorial elections in South Kodofan,then they must be prepared to be toppled,The whole Sudan,including the semi-autonomous South will join for the overthrow of NCP by popular uprising like what happened in Egypt,Tunisia and Syria.Beshir and his cronies will not only be overthrown but all sent to the guillotine.Salah Abdalla will tell us all the damage they have done to the Sudan,including the break away of South Sudan.Down with the despotic,theocratic-mullahric,oligarchic,plutocratic,strat-ocratic and timocratic tyrants. Hell with you all, Col
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Dr.Col Dau Ding
09-05-2011 04:57pm
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NCP must accept defeat
If the NCP rig the gubernatorial elections in South Kodofan,then they must be prepared to be toppled,The whole Sudan,including the semi-autonomous South will join for the overthrow of NCP by popular uprising like what happened in Egypt,Tunisia and Syria.Beshir and his cronies will not only be overthrown but all sent to the guillotine.Salah Abdalla will tell us all the damage they have done to the Sudan,including the break away of South Sudan.Down with the despotic,theocratic-mullahric,oligarchic,plutocratic,strat-ocratic and timocratic tyrants. Hell with you all, Col
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Nuba Mountain
09-05-2011 03:23pm
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delayance of results will lead to tensions that may spark war in south Kordofan
The unnecessary, delaying of election results in South Kordofan by the electoral commission, is unacceptable. this is leading to high tensions especially between NCP and SPLM, NCP is trying to delay so that they can rig what SPLM has already won. This old games of rigging may work for other African regimes but will have a dare consequences for The ICC indited criminals who want to cling on power by force. we urge immediate, release of election results to ease the tensions.
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09-05-2011 03:23pm
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delayance of results will lead to tensions that may spark war in south Kordofan
The unnecessary, delaying of election results in South Kordofan by the electoral commission, is unacceptable. this is leading to high tensions especially between NCP and SPLM, NCP is trying to delay so that they can rig what SPLM has already won. This old games of rigging may work for other African regimes but will have a dare consequences for The ICC indited criminals who want to cling on power by force. we urge immediate, release of election results to ease the tensions.
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