AU report says insecurity, poor roads affect Sudan polls

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) diplomats met to discuss an as sessment report for the elections in Sudan, amid fears that insecurity and lack o f proper roads could affect the April polls, a Sudanese envoy said Wednesday.
Sudanese Ambassador Akuei Bona Malwal said the AUâ?s Peace and Security Council (PSC) met to discuss the report prepared by an AU election assessment team, dep l oyed to Sudan 19-24 January to assess plans for the elections.
â?The PSC was briefed by the AU assessment team that went to Sudan in January t o assess the preparations for the elections in Sudan,â? Malwal told journalists.
The report talks about the challenges such as insecurity and the poor roads, whi ch could make most places inaccessible, the funding for the elections and the po l itical space given to the political parties to enable them campaign effectively.
â?We said the report has been overtaken by the events in the Sudan because ther e have been the agreements signed between the Government of Sudan and the Justic e and Equality Movement (JEM) which were not reflected in the report.
â? In Darfur, the Sudanese envoy said the region was largely peaceful except Wester n Darfur, which has been the battleground.
â?The bulk of Darfur is ready for the elections.
There is a general excitement amongst the population.
But the issue of insecurity is of concern because most o f the electorate may not be reached,â? the Sudan envoy said.
Ambassador Malwal said the country was gearing for the polls as negotiations con tinue on how to resolve the conflict in Darfur ahead of the elections.
He said there have been positive developments in Sudan, including the resolution of outstanding issues between the South Sudan and the Khartoum government.

10 march 2010 14:07:00




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