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Sudanese Congress Party official, students detained in Omdurman

Apr 29 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The political secretary of the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP) was detained in Omdurman on Tuesday, together with two members of the Independent Students Congress.

According to a statement of the SCP, Mastour Ahmed and the two student activists were held after participating in a mass activity at Soug Libya in the sister-city of Khartoum.

Ahmed had spoken there about his party’s rejection to recognise the election results, and announced that they would continue their campaign to overthrow the government.

 

‘Free those held arbitrarily in Sudan, investigate abuses’: HRW

Apr 29 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

“Sudanese authorities should stop arresting people because of their real or perceived political views, release everyone arbitrarily detained, drop unfounded charges, and investigate allegations of detainee abuse”, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In a news release today, HRW points to the dozens of opposition party members, students, and political activists detained by agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in the lead up to, during, and after the national election of 13-16 April.

Sudanese opposition, independent candidates reject election results

Apr 28 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The National Election Commission (NEC) on Monday announced that incumbent President Omar Al Bashir has won the presidential election with 94,5 percent of the votes. Opposition parties, as well as independent candidates in the election, refuse to recognise the outcomes.

The head of the NEC, Dr Mukhtar El Asam, reported at a press conference at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum on Monday that Al Bashir won with 5,252,478 votes of the 6,091,412 votes cast in total.

Sudanese students protest against election results

Apr 28 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

Dozens of students staged a sit-in at the market of El Obeid, capital of North Kordofan, on Monday, in protest against the re-election of President Omar Al Bashir. In Khartoum, four students were detained on Sunday and Monday.

The protesters in El Obeid chanted slogans against the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the elections’ results, and called for overthrowing the regime in Khartoum, one of the students told Radio Dabanga.

In Khartoum, security agents detained Umran Faroug, a student of Bahri University and member of the Independent Student Congress, on Sunday.

Sudan's al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

Apr 27 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Yahoo News

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir won re-election with 94 percent of the vote, according to official results announced Monday, extending his 25-year rule despite international war crimes charges and multiple insurgencies.

The head of the Election Commission, Mokhtar al-Assam, announced the results to reporters. He said turnout was 46.4 percent, insisting that widespread reports of low participation were "not accurate."

West Kordofan protest against detention of anti-election fraud activists

Apr 22 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

Hundreds of people in Lagawa, West Kordofan, took to the streets on Tuesday, in protest against the detention of three members of the Youth for Lagawa.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, one of the protesters told Radio Dabanga that the demonstration started at the Lagawa Youth Centre.

“We passed Freedom Square, and headed towards the Lagawa locality offices. The people chanted slogans denouncing the election fraud, and calling for freedom, democracy and justice.”

Sudanese opposition welcomes Troika statement

Apr 22 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

Members of the opposition and the civil society have welcomed the statement of the Sudan Troika members, saying that the general election last week does not reflect the will of the Sudanese people. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the statement, and summoned the US, UK, and Norwegian ambassadors on Tuesday.

Rebel leader Yasir Arman claims that the poor voter registration forced the National Election Commission (NEC) to use the 2010 electoral register. NEC chairman Mukhtar El Asam announced on Tuesday that the voter turnout reached 42 percent. 

Troika say Sudan election does not reflect 'will of the people'

Apr 21 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway (the members of the ‘Sudan Troika') announced in a press release yesterday that they do not consider the Sudanese election held last week to express the will of the people.

The three Western governments “regret the Government of Sudan’s failure to create a free, fair, and conducive elections environment,” reads a joint press release. They also “condemn the acts of violence during the election period”.

‘4.800 million Sudanese cast their votes’: NEC

Apr 20 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The head of the National Election Commission NEC), Mukhtar El Asam, announced on Sunday that the number of votes cast in the presidential and parliamentary election reached 4.800 million. 13.8 million Sudanese were eligible to vote.

He predicted that the percentage of the voter turnout will lie between 36 and 38 percent in the end. “It may reach 40 percent”, he said, stressing that the low numbers were expected.

Sudan Appeal forces will not recognise election results

Apr 20 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The Sudan Appeal signatories will not recognise the outcome of the election, nor the government that will be based on it.

The allied opposition forces, who signed the Sudan Appeal, a political communiqué calling for regime-change, in December last year, have held meetings with US, European, and African officials. They informed them that the Sudanese ruling party needs to be pressured to accept a transitional government, and a no-fly zone in the war-torn regions of Darfur, South Kordofan, and the Blue Nile.

‘Sudan's low voter turnout means a vote for change’: rebel leader

Apr 20 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The 2015 general election has brought about “new political realities”, says Yasir Arman, External Relations Officer of the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance and Secretary-General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North.

In a statement released today, Arman lauds the “15 percent voter turnout”, saying that the boycott of the election by the majority of the Sudanese represents “a vote of no confidence in the regime, and it is, indeed, a vote for change”.  

Reports on detention of activists in Sudan increase

Apr 16 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

Various sources in Sudan reported the detention of a number of anti-election campaigners during the past few days. 

According to the Darfur Bar Association, human rights lawyer Musa Zakariya Juju and his client were detained in Khartoum on Sunday. Lawyer Ali Saeed Kuku was held at his office in El Sawra district in Omdurman. University teaching assistant Khaled Khalil Musa, and teacher Khamees Hamdan were taken from their homes in El Sawra.

‘Paramilitary forces cast their vote more than once in North Darfur’

Apr 16 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

Militiamen reportedly voted much more than once in Saraf Umra. The ballot boxes at the Aradeiba polling centre in Saraf Umra locality were stolen today. Government-backed militiamen are threatening to kill people in Birkat Seira and surroundings, if they do not vote for incumbent President Al Bashir and the local candidate of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

Counting of ballots starts in Sudan

Apr 16 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The counting of the ballots started on Friday, after the presidential and parliamentary election, extended with a fourth day on Thursday, was concluded. The National Election Commission (NEC) will announce the results on 27 April.

The chairman of the AU Election Observation Mission, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, confirmed the weak turnout at a press conference in Khartoum on Friday.

20 South Darfuris detained for refusing to vote

Apr 15 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

Security officers detained 20 people, most of them women, in South Darfur's Gireida on Tuesday, when they refused to leave the Zakat Chamber and cast their votes instead. Security forces in North Darfur’s Kutum knocked on house doors, ordering the residents to vote.

A relative of one of the detainees told Radio Dabanga that a force of security agents, led by the head of security of Gireida locality, told a group of poor women and men applying for financial support at the Zakat (Islamic alms) Chamber, to move to the polling centres and vote for President Al Bashir.  

African civil society raise concern over AU monitoring of Sudan election

Apr 15 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

A group of 25 African and Sudanese civil society organisations have sent a letter to the AU Commission and the AU High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan, expressing their “deep concern” about the decision by the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) to send a an electoral observation mission to Sudan.

Sudan election extended with one day, police ordered to vote

Apr 15 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The National Election Commission (NEC) on Wednesday announced the extension of the official three-day voting process with one day. Two presidential candidates announced their withdrawal. The police in Khartoum has been pressured to vote. 

Because of the very poor voters’ turnout throughout the country, the NEC on Tuesday had already extended the voting time for Wednesday, the third and officially the last day of the presidential and parliamentary election, from 6pm to 7pm.

Five polling centres closed in Central Darfur’s Garsila

Apr 15 2015
Sudan
Source: 
Dabanga Sudan

The National Election Commission (NEC) has announced the closure of five of the 16 polling centres in Garsila, capital of Wadi Salih locality, because of a delay in the arrival of voting materials.

NEC spokesman El Hadi Mohammed Ahmed said that 160 out of 7,000 polling centres distributed over 18 states witnessed logistical problems on Monday, the first voting day.

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