SUDAN WATCH: Carter Center calls on Sudanese National Elections Commission to delay elections

Friday, March 19, 2010

Carter Center calls on Sudanese National Elections Commission to delay elections

The Carter Center recommends that the National Elections Commission consider exercising its power to delay the election.

Carter Center Calls on NEC to Postpone Elections
Report from SRS - Sudan Radio Service:
Friday, 19 March 2010 - (Nairobi) – The Carter Center has issued a statement saying that the elections in Sudan, “remain at risk on multiple fronts, including the ability of candidates to campaign freely".

The elections watchdog also expressed its concerns about delays in the NEC’s logistical preparations.

The Center recommends that the National Elections Commission consider exercising its power to delay the election.

Apart from a newly-deployed European Union mission, the Carter Center is the only international elections observation mission in Sudan.

The Center’s statement urged the NEC to make a decision as quickly as possible about any delay in the election date "so that stakeholders have time to adjust their plans."

The Center also voiced concerned about lack of transparency in the post-election procedures, such as how and when the results will be released from polling stations.
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The Carter Center is suggesting that next month’s Sudanese elections be postponed for up to 10 days.

Full story: VOA News Thursday, 18 March 2010 - Carter Center says Sudanese Elections Commission Should Consider 10-Day Delay in April Vote

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