Bashir party signs Sudan's pre-election code of conduct

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar El Bashirâ?s ruling Nati onal Congress Party (NCP) has signed the countryâ?s newly-endorsed Electoral Code of Conduct, seen by the African Union (AU) as key to ensuring free and fair elections next month in Sudan.
The AU Commission said on Monday it was pleased to announce the signing in Khart oum, by the NCP of Sudan, of the Electoral Code of Conduct.
NCP signed the deal days after 15 other political parties based in Southern Suda n signed up to it, ahead of April's presidential, parliamentary and governorship elections, the first democratic ele ctions since 1986 in the oil-rich African nation.
â?This voluntary code, which commits the parties and candidates to common princ iples for free and fair elections, facilitates self-regulation by Sudanâ?s political parties during the forthcoming elections, scheduled for 11 April 2010,â? the AU said in a statement late Monday.
â?The AU believes that this code can play an important role in promoting democr atization in the Sudan and in building confidence between the different political parties,â? the statement added.
The NCP also signed the Declaration of Common Commitments, which supports peacef ul and democratic change in the Sudan, and reiterates its commitment to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the search for peace and justice in the Darfur region of the country.
â?By so doing, the NCP adds its signature to the fifteen signatories, most of w hom are Southern-based political parties, that signed the Code during a recent Summit meeting convened by the African Union High Level Imp lementation Panel (AUHIP) on Sudan in Juba, on 2 March 2010,â? the AU noted.
The Code was signed, on behalf of the NCP, by Prof.
Ibrahim Ghandour, Secretary for Political Affairs of the NCP.
It was witnessed by Ambassador Mahmoud Kane, Head of the AU Liaison Office in the Sudan (AU-LOS).
The AU said the signing by the NCP of the Code of Conduct provided further momen tum for its acceptance by all national Sudanese political parties, and further enhanced the chances for a peaceful electoral process in th e forthcoming elections.
â?It is expected that more parties will associate themselves with the code with in the coming days,â? the AU said.

09 march 2010 08:26:00

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