Sudan Troika Releases Joint Statement on Sudanese Elections

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 19, 2010
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On April 19, 2010, the Sudan Troika (United States, United Kingdom and Norway) released a joint statement on the recent elections in Sudan. The text follows:

"We acknowledge the conclusion on 15 April of Sudan's first multi-party elections in twenty-four years. We commend the people of Sudan for their engagement in a complex and lengthy polling process, and their increased civic participation over recent months. Last month we collectively reiterated our call for peaceful, credible elections, and expressed our deep concern regarding reports of administrative and logistical challenges, as well as restrictions on political freedoms.

"We note initial assessments of the electoral process from independent observers, including the judgment that the elections failed to meet international standards. We are reassured that voting passed reasonably peacefully, reportedly with significant participation, but share their serious concerns about weak logistical and technical preparations and reported irregularities in many parts of Sudan. We note the limited access of observer missions in Darfur. We regret that the National Elections Commission (NEC) did not do more to prevent and address such problems prior to voting. We strongly encourage the NEC to address in good faith any legitimate disputes effectively and impartially.

"It is essential to build upon the progress made so far to expand democratic space in Sudan and ensure full respect for human rights. We call on the Sudanese authorities to draw lessons from these elections and from independent assessments of them, to ensure that future elections and the forthcoming referenda do not suffer from the same flaws.

"The CPA remains essential for peace and stability in Sudan and the region. We urge all parties in Sudan to resume and accelerate work to complete its implementation. Urgent progress is needed on border demarcation, preparatory arrangements for the January 2011 referenda for the South and Abyei, and popular consultations in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan. In addition the parties must make it a priority to agree upon the new arrangements needed after the CPA expires in July 2011, irrespective of the outcome of the referenda.

"We remain firmly committed to supporting implementation of the CPA and post-CPA arrangements, and the pursuit of peace, justice, reconciliation, and accountability in Darfur. We will continue to work closely towards these goals with parties in Sudan, and with the United Nations, African Union, Assessment and Evaluation Commission and other international and regional partners."

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Zechariah B.
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Texas, USA
April 19, 2010

Zechariah B. in Texas writes:

I am encouraged by this joined statement. The people of Sudan want to have their voices heard at this time. The elections were anticipated to be worst by many analysts, but the people all over Sudan showed the world that Sudan may be a better nation if people are given chances to choose their own destiny. These elections did not meet the international standards, and nobody thought they would.

I am encouraged that the Sudan Troika is calling all the parties in Sudan to resume and accelerate work to complete CPA's implementation. That is what we want as people of South Sudan. We do not want anybody to force us into any choice that does not come from us.

khalid M.
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United Kingdom
April 25, 2010

Khalid M. in the United Kingdom writes:

Full implementation of the CPA required elections. An elected government is to organise the Referendum (the last major task of the CPA).Sudan is moving in the right direction because the alternative to the present process is too ghastly to imagine.The statement of the Troika is a most positive and welcome contribution ;which comes at a very sensitive moment and will contribute to the atmosphere of peace and much needed stability.Members of the Troika have already helped Sudan technically and financially and these elections are a fruit of their goodwill and support .

The elections are best assessed if seen in a regional context and compared .Moreover ;all young people who were born on or after 1989 voted for the first time in a voting system which is far from simple .To hold largely peaceful elections in a country as huge as Sudan ;with logistical challenges and many illiterate voters is not easy.

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