Elections as mechanism to address key conflict issues in Sudan

Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Executive Director of Africa Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), Ousman Hummaida, has said the recent elections in Sudan w e re included in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) as a mechanism to address key causes of conflict in the country, PANA reported from here Friday.
Sudan held its first multiparty elections in 24 years from 11-15 April, 2010 and Mr.
Hummaida noted that the elections were an essential benchmark of the CPA, b r inging the 22-year civil war to a halt.
In an exclusive interview with PANA in Banjul alongside the 47th Session of the African Commission on Human and Peopleâ?s Rights meeting, Mr.
Hummaida said CPA provided a framework for legal and constitutional changes to take place over a s i x-year interim period, ending with the 2011 referenda for self determination in t he South of Sudan and Abyei.
He admitted that the elections represented a significant step forward, giving Su danese who never had the chance to exercise their voting rights to do so, wherea s the campaign offered a unique opportunity to engage in political issues that ar e critical to the nation.
Hummaida, however, pointed out that the process was undermined to such an ex tent that it failed to meet the expectations set out, due to delays in the imple m entation of the electoral process.
â?The process succeeded neither in installing a democratically elected nor a po litically diverse government.
As such, it will do little to ensure popular confi d ence in the difficult decisions that must be taken in preparation for the refere n da and possible separation of South Sudan,â? he outlined.
Hummaida also noted that his organisation produced reports through internal monitors on violations and irregularities during the election period and rights a buses occurring concurrently throughout Sudan.

14 may 2010 20:13:00

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