Title: Sudan’s National Umma Party announces no participation in the elections
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 01-12-2015, 05:28 PM
Jan 12, 2015-Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-Sudan’s National Umma Party (NUP) announced that it will not participate in the coming elections scheduled in the April 13.
NUP deputy leader, Merriam al-Sadig al-Mahdi stressed on Sunday that any election would not be free and fair because the ruling National Congress Party of President Omar al-Bashir controls everything in the country.
‘We are not taking part in this election; we are actually resisting this election because it has got nothing to do with election. It’s just a waste of time and resources,” she said.
Mariam accused the Bashir government of destroying all the pillars of a modern state.
“There is no such thing as freedom of expression, no freedom of movement, and no freedom of organization. Actually, they have changed the constitution by themselves. There is no rule of law. They have devastated totally all the pillars of a modern state,” she said.
“We call for a dialogue because our concern is not who should rule Sudan but how Sudan should be ruled. For that, we are suggesting a comprehensive constitutional conference to discuss these matters and to have an interim period to last for two to three years to prepare for free and fair elections,” Mariam said.