Sudan: SPLM reports election anomalies amid NCP complaints

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Southern Sudan ruling party, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement has complained about anomalies that occurred during the recently held elections in Sudan. Thursday, National Congress party, ruling national party also announced that some party members had been killed amid a number of arrests in Southern Sudan.

Addressing a press conference, the Deputy Secretary General for the Southern Sector of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Ann Itto, said that party agents from the different satates that make up Sudan have reported a number of irregularities during the voting.

She said, “We have received reports from our various agents indicating that there were irregularities. They said that among the irregularities were shortage in ballot papers and at some centers voters names did not appear on voters’ registrar.”

Ann Itto confirmed that four polling centres in Lopit area, Eastern Equatoria
State, is among the areas that did not receive ballot papers for the South Sudan legislative assembly. She added that there are a number of stations where ballot papers were received only on the second and third day of voting.

National Congress party, NCP, also yesterday complained that there were some irregularities and harassment of it’s supporters in southern Sudan, an accusation that has been strongly denied by the government of southern Sudan.

Agnes Lukudu, who heads NCP in southern Sudan Thursday, April 15, confirmed that some members of the ruling party had been killed by men “dressed in military uniforms”. She said the killers, reportedly, sped off in a vehicle after the killings.

35 NPC members were arrested also in Juba recently while travelling from Khartoum to Western Equatoria to support party members in the elections, while 19 were also arrested and put under detention in Hai Kator in Juba over charges of bribing people to vote for their party.

Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement has said it had no hand in the killings nor the arrests of the NCP members.

Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission has announced the re-run of elections in 33 national and state constituencies all over the country.

The commission said that due to the technical and administrative errors that occurred in some constituencies it decided to repeat the elections in 17 out of 270 national constituencies and also in 16 out of 749 state constituencies.

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