Ex-US President Carter heads polls observation team to Sudan

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Carter Centre announced Thursday that forme r US President Jimmy Carter and three other eminent persons will lead the Centreâ?s international election observation delegation to observe Sudanâ?s elections this month.
Other personalities leading the delegation are former Algerian Foreign Minister Lakhdar Brahimi, former Tanzanian first vice president and Prime Minister Judge Joseph Warioba, and Carter Centre Presid ent and Chief Executive Officer John Hardman The Carter Centre mission of more than 60 international observers from over 20 c ountries will be deployed in each of Sudanâ?s 25 states to assess the electoral environment surrounding polling, counting, and vote tabulation.
â?The Centre's presence demonstrates international interest in Sudan's electora l process while providing an impartial assessment of the overall quality of the elections,â? said Jimmy Carter.
The Carter Centre conducts its observation missions in accordance with the 2005 UN Declaration of Principles of International Election Observation, which has been endorsed by 35 election observation groups.
In August 2009, The Carter Centre finalised memoranda of understanding with the Sudanese Government of National Unity (GONU) and the National Elections Commission (NEC), and the Government of Southern Suda n (GOSS), which state that the Centreâ?s mission has freedom of access throughout the country and to all stages and actors in the electoral process.
Carter Centre's long-term observers have been deployed in Sudan since August 200 9 to assess pre-election developments.
Separate but parallel to its international observation efforts, the Centre also provides technical capacity building and training in support of Sudanese civil society organizations that are active in election observation.
This work has been welcomed by the electoral commission and has also been includ ed under the Centre's memoranda of understanding with the GONU and GOSS.
A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, the Carter Centre has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventi ng diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production.
The Carter Centre began working in Sudan in 1986 on the Sasakawa-Global 2000 agr icultural project and for more than 20 years its health and peace programmes have focused on improving health and preventing and resolving conflicts in Sudan.

08 april 2010 07:42:00




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