Title: Press Statement of the African Union Election Observation Mission to Sudan
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Date: 04-17-2015, 06:54 PM
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AFRICAN UNION ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO THE APRIL 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN THE REPUBLIC OF SUDAN
AUEOM is satisfied that voting went on peacefully in Sudan; calls on Sudanese political leaders to strive for genuine and inclusive national dialogue after the elections.
At the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Sudan and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sudan, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, deployed a 20 member African Union Election Observer Mission to the 13-16 April 2015 General Elections in the Republic of Sudan in accordance with the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (2007) and the OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing democratic elections in Africa (2002).
The AU deployed a Pre-election Assessment Mission in March 2015, which submitted its report to the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC). In spite of the pre-election assessment report, the AU made a decision to send an election observation mission because the AU considers it important to maintain contact given its role in the peace process and national dialogue in the Republic of Sudan.
The AUEOM acknowledges receipt of a report from Amnesty International (AI) that outlines some issues relating to human rights suppression in the Republic of Sudan. The Mission made effort to disseminate this report to all its observers before deployment. The AUEOM also took note of the Report of the AU Pre-election Assessment Mission, which undertook activities from 1 – 10 March 2015. The report by the pre-election assessment mission also points to a number of basic freedoms and human rights not being adequately respected in Sudan1. Noting these concerns, the AUEOM is of the opinion that the freedom and fairness attached to the 2015 elections in Sudan would have been enhanced had these basic freedoms and human rights been fully respected.
The Mission notes the explanation given by authorities from the Government on the issue of addressing security challenges in the country. While the explanation seems valid given the state of emergency in some parts of the country, the Mission notes
￼￼￼￼1 See AU Pre-election assessment mission report on Sudan – 2015.
some of the measures adopted may have impacted on freedoms and human rights, which should have helped the quality of the process of the elections.
However, this report represents the Mission’s preliminary findings from the time of deployment up until 16 April, 2015. The Mission will continue to observe the post- electoral developments and a final report will be released upon the conclusion of the electoral process.
The Mission’s assessment of the elections is based on the actual findings and report by the short-term observer teams who were deployed in various states to observe voting and counting.
The AUEOM is satisfied that most of the polling stations opened within the stipulated time of 8a.m. In certain instances, there were slight variations and delays which did not compromise the opening of the poll or the overall time allocated for voting. The delays were mainly due to the late arrival of officials.
Most of the polling stations were conveniently located within easy access by voters. Polling stations were clearly marked and easily identifiable. For the most part, the polling stations were located in public places.
The Mission was satisfied that the layout of the polling stations was sufficient to guarantee the secrecy of the vote and enhance transparency in the process.
Most of the polling stations visited had an almost equal number of registered voters, and the mission noted that the registered voters per polling station was quite manageable.
In all the polling stations visited, the Mission noted the adequacy of election materials and there was no incident reported of insufficient materials at the polling stations, save for logistical challenges experienced in Al Gezira.
The Mission observed that there was a generally low turnout of voters throughout. The Mission noted that major opposition parties and some civil society organisations had boycotted and also campaigned for a boycott of the 2015 General Elections. It is not unlikely that the boycott has had some effect on the turnout of voters.
The Mission noted the need to enhance harmonisation of implementation of electoral procedures through continuous training of polling personnel.
Women were well represented on Election Days in various capacities. The Mission noted the impressive participation of women in the process on Election Days as polling officials, security officials, agents and voters.
The Mission noted that the 2015 General elections in Sudan did not attract a lot of international observers. Specifically, AU observers noted the presence of only the following groups: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Inter-
Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Chinese observer delegation.
The Mission further observed that there were very few domestic observers despite indications that many organisations and institutions had been accredited by the NEC2. Political parties and candidate agents were also very few and in most polling stations visited mainly representatives of National Congress Party (NCP) were present.
The Mission notes that the polling process was generally peaceful save for a few security incidents reported elsewhere. The Mission therefore commends the people of Sudan for their peaceful conduct. The Mission, however, notes the continuing insecurity in some parts of the country, namely in parts of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Indeed elections were postponed in parts of these conflict areas.
In a brief circular sent to the AUEOM, the NEC announced that voting has been extended for one day throughout the country except in the Al-Gezira state, where voting was extended for two days. The voting period was also extended on the second day from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The Mission notes that the extension of voting in Al- Gezira state was due to logistic challenges. The Mission notes, however, that the extension for the whole country was to allow more voters to cast their ballots due to the generally low turnout.
The political dynamics of the 2015 electoral process highlighted the fact that Sudan still faces serious challenges to democracy building and national reconciliation. The Mission notes that in the interest of democratic consolidation in Sudan, the respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights must be strengthened3. In this regard the Mission makes the following recommendations:
The Mission encourages the Government of the Republic of Sudan to sustain efforts that will ensure electoral security at all times in all parts of the country.
It recommends that the NEC takes measures to reinforce training of its personnel to enhance harmonised implementation of electoral procedures.
The Mission further recommends Parliament undertakes legal reforms that enhance the independence of the NEC as well as the capacity and independence of human rights protection institutions.
The AUEOM advises that this election should not be a barrier against moving dialogue forward, which should be all-inclusive to ensure political stability and social cohesion, as well as popular participation for all the people of Sudan.
Amnesty International pointed the attention of the Mission to suppression of human rights, which no doubt constrained and restrained participation in the
2 According to AU Pre-election Assessment Report, over 200 applications were received from domestic organisations.
3 See AU Pre-election assessment mission report on Sudan – 2015.
electoral process. Removal of such constraints would no doubt had enhanced the level of freedom and fairness of the elections.
Security concerns and on-going conflict in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states needs to be given serious attention, and must be expeditiously addressed side by side with the political and social dialogue. This can be done in such a way that the dialogue and the addressing of the conflicts can mutually complement each other, thereby leading to complete peace, security, harmony, and political stability as foundations for development and as solutions for all- inclusive development and progress.
The African Union Mission hereby clarifies that this is a preliminary statement based on observations and consultations undertaken up to 16 April 2015, while polling was still on-going in some areas like Al-Gezira state. The AU will release a more detailed final report with recommendations that will be shared with the Sudanese authorities and availed to the general public through the African Union Commission’s website within a month’s timeframe.
Everything taken together, the AUEOM reached the conclusion that the results of the election would reflect the expression of the will of the voters of Sudan.
His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,
Head of the African Union Election Observation Mission to Sudan 2015 General Elections
Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD)
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Sudan to stop fighting 10-08-14, 06:46 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsIGAD to hold extraordinary summit on South Sudan 10-08-14, 06:20 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsNUER YOUTH UNION WARNS AGAINST PRESIDENT KIIR TO LEAD THE INTERIM GOVERNMENT 10-05-14, 02:58 PM, Weirial GatyielDevelopments in South Sudan Conflict: Small Arms and Light Weapons in South Sudan and Sudan: Is tha 10-03-14, 03:09 AM, تقارير سودانيزاونلاينSouth Sudanese foes agree on national unity government 10-01-14, 04:11 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsKiir: Unwavering Effort to End South Sudan War 09-29-14, 02:33 PM, Voice of AmericaTHE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMARKS TO HIGH-LEVEL MEETING ON HOPE FOR SOUTH SUDAN 09-25-14, 05:05 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsScores Killed in South Sudan Fighting as Peace Talks Resume 09-23-14, 04:22 PM, Voice of AmericaExplanatory note about the precentage of the power-sharing in South Sudan 09-04-14, 06:37 PM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseSouth Sudan: More than 30 organizations call for immediate arms embargo 09-03-14, 03:50 PM, Amnesty InternationalSouth Sudan rivals sign new ceasefire deal 08-26-14, 11:18 PM, Aljazeera newsUN Helicopter Shot Down in South Sudan 08-26-14, 11:14 PM, Associated PressBritish Embassy in Juba:UK strongly condemns unwarranted detention of monitoring team 08-26-14, 03:08 PM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleasePeter Gatdet Shot Down UNMISS Helicopter in Unity State 08-26-14, 03:02 PM, Gordon BuayMabior Garang de Mabior Arrested For Attempting to Assassinate President Kiir 08-25-14, 09:03 PM, Gordon BuayRenegade Peter Gatdet impounded UN Helicopter carrying IGAD Monitors 08-25-14, 01:38 AM, Gordon BuaySouth Sudan rebels accept presence of Ugandan troops to keep peace 08-22-14, 03:18 PM, ReutersJohn Raymond Jones : QandA on arms embargo on South Sudan 08-21-14, 02:48 PM, Amnesty InternationalSouth Sudan Ex-VP Rejects President Kiir’s Offer to End Conflict 08-21-14, 02:42 PM, Voice of AmericaSouth Sudan claims killing of over 245 rebels in fresh fighting 08-16-14, 08:21 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsSPLA FORCES REPULSED REBELS’ OFFENSIVE IN UNITY STATE 08-15-14, 02:59 PM, Gordon Buay press release on upcoming IGAD Summit on South Sudan 08-15-14, 03:37 AM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseGal Lel Ngundeng Met President Salva Kiir in Washington DC, US 08-11-14, 03:27 AM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseJoint Statement in response to the shooting of Deng Athuai Mawiir 08-08-14, 02:50 PM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseSudan Liberation Movement /Army – SLM/A MM Operational Mechanism to End Recruitment and Use of Ch 08-07-14, 04:59 PM, حركة تحرير السودان قيادة مناويForeign Ministry: Visit of Machr to Khartoum postponed for logistics reasons 08-05-14, 10:13 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsSPLA ARMY RECEIVED NEW WEAPONS TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION 08-01-14, 12:15 PM, Gordon BuayMinister for Africa calls for leadership in South Sudan talks 07-31-14, 10:00 PM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseSPLA CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF SPENT NIGHT IN NASIR 07-26-14, 08:30 AM, Gordon BuaySouth Sudan Musician (Dina Maruach) went to Africa for Visiting Dr. Riek Machar on June 30 – July 0 07-24-14, 11:16 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsRenegade Gen. Garhoth Gatkuoth narrowly escaped being captured 07-17-14, 11:03 AM, Gordon BuayHead of security Panel: SPLM memo on cessation of war is political maneuver 07-14-14, 00:03 AM, SudaneseOnline NewsPress Statement by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to South Sudan, Hilde F. 07-08-14, 02:34 PM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseThe National Committee for the advocacy of Ibrahim al Shaikh 06-30-14, 03:46 PM, سيف اليزل سعد عمرJuba denies suspension of exporting oil via Sudanese territories 06-11-14, 08:16 AM, SudaneseOnline NewsThe Family of Nuer Prophet Ngundeng Congratulates Pagan Amum and his colleagues For Rejecting Riek 05-30-14, 06:16 AM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseLarge quantities of drugs seized in North Darfur 05-26-14, 10:16 AM, SudaneseOnline NewsRapid Support Forces Commander: Our Forces did not attack citizens in Khartoum 05-21-14, 07:54 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsSouth Sudan foes to discuss foreign troops’ withdrawal in June 05-20-14, 08:30 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsSecurity denies failed coup attempt in Sudan 05-20-14, 07:56 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsSouth Sudan Army, Rebels Swap Accusations over New Truce Violations 05-15-14, 05:27 PM, Voice of AmericaThe U.S. Government Should Deploy Special Forces to Arrest Peter Gatdet 05-11-14, 11:44 PM, Gordon BuayNew Amnesty International report - Nowhere Safe: Civilians Under Attack in South Sudan 05-11-14, 07:24 PM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseWARLORD PETER GATDET VIOLATED THE CEASEFIRE 05-11-14, 03:16 PM, Gordon BuayFierce fight in S. Sudan oil town; rebels counter 05-06-14, 07:10 PM, The Washington PostAU Commission Hopeful on Resolving South Sudan’s Crisis 05-01-14, 06:02 PM, Voice of AmericaFull Account of the debate at Commons on South Sudan 04-30-14, 09:43 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsInsurgent militia enters West Darfur’s capital 04-30-14, 03:03 PM, Radio DabangaGroup Petitions AU to Mediate South Sudan Negotiations 04-29-14, 02:06 PM, Voice of AmericaRebel SRF road map towards National Dialogue Sudan 04-26-14, 06:00 PM, Radio DabangaDarfur committee to register Bentiu victims, South Sudan 04-26-14, 04:00 PM, Radio DabangaUN Security Council Press Statement on South Sudan - New York, 24 April 2014 04-24-14, 04:45 PM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseFire lays waste to stalls, shops in Kass, South Darfur 04-21-14, 03:10 PM, Radio DabangaUS Threat of South Sudan Sanctions Not a Hollow Warning, Envoy Says 04-15-14, 04:20 PM, Voice of AmericaRiek Machar’s rebels attacked an outpost on Sunday in violation of Cessation of Hostilities 04-14-14, 03:06 PM, Gordon BuayUS Sanctions Don't Worry South Sudan Government, Rebels 04-11-14, 04:57 PM, Voice of AmericaEgyptian 'suspicions' behind Ethiopia dam crisis: Sudan FM 04-10-14, 08:26 PM, TurkishPressYasir Arman:Political and legal basis needed for Sudan dialogue 04-08-14, 06:20 PM, Radio DabangaS. Sudan political parties accuse Ethiopia of imposing agendas in talks 04-06-14, 03:50 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsAl-Bashir and Kiir agree on mechanisms to push ahead implementations of signed agreements 04-06-14, 02:45 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsObama Signs Executive Order as South Sudan Accuses US of Meddling 04-04-14, 02:33 PM, Voice of AmericaSouth Sudan Peace Talks Suspended Again 04-01-14, 05:34 PM, Voice of AmericaWestern Nations Condemn Rights Abuses, Threats to UN in South Sudan 04-01-14, 05:32 PM, Voice of AmericaS. Sudan Defense Minister reiterates control over Malakal 03-30-14, 06:01 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsNo Evidence Ties 4 South Sudan Politicians to 'Coup' Bid, Court Told 03-27-14, 03:30 PM, Voice of AmericaDifferences between foes in S. Sudan over foreign troops and African peacekeepers 03-26-14, 02:50 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsSouth Sudan Receives ‘Backing’ From International Partners 03-26-14, 02:42 PM, Voice of AmericaSudan Human Rights and Humanitarian Bulletin for February 2014 03-26-14, 02:39 PM, Darfur Relief and Documentation CentreUN: Thousands killed and abused in S Sudan 03-19-14, 04:47 PM, Aljazeera newsE. African Leaders to Decide Details on S. Sudan Stabilization Force 03-13-14, 01:51 AM, Voice of AmericaThe PSC of the AU, at its 423rd meeting held on 10 March 2014, adopted a decision on the situation 03-12-14, 02:53 PM, مبارك عبدالرحمن أردولEthiopia: South Sudan Should Not be Another Failed State 03-11-14, 08:34 PM, Voice of AmericaWhat is the problem of Sudan-BRIEFING FROM THE SPLM/N :ON THE PEACE TALKS 03-11-14, 01:53 AM, SudaneseOnline NewsSouth Sudan shows readiness to hold constitutional conference if rebels hold fire 03-06-14, 02:29 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsFighting breaks out in South Sudan army barracks 03-05-14, 09:12 PM, THE TIMES OF INDIA East African states mull stabilization force for South Sudan 03-04-14, 07:34 PM, Reuters Nuer Community in Egypt Condemns the Killing of Nuer in South Sudan; Says it Was a Calculated Move 02-20-14, 02:10 AM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseThe SPLM-N Statement at the Opening Session of the Addis Ababa Negotiations on 02-13-14, 07:26 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsSouth Sudan diplomat calls for extending truce with rebels 02-05-14, 04:29 AM, SudaneseOnline NewsThe Arabic Parliament is Discussing the Recent Developments in South Sudan 02-01-14, 07:08 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsSouth Sudan army denies rebels claims of new attacks 01-26-14, 04:00 PM, SudaneseOnline News Press Release issued at the conclusion of the Third Session of the CS 01-24-14, 06:49 PM, SudaneseOnline Press ReleaseIGAD to hold extraordinary summit on South Sudan 01-23-14, 06:49 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsSudan Sees Key Role in Breaking South Sudan Conflict Stalemate 01-21-14, 06:19 PM, Voice of AmericaReport documents ethnic killings as Uganda joins South Sudan fight 01-20-14, 04:46 AM, SudaneseOnline NewsBodies litter South Sudan oil town; peace talks resume 01-14-14, 04:10 AM, SudaneseOnline NewsAfrican mediation team meets Machar in Jonglei in South Sudan 01-13-14, 02:27 PM, SudaneseOnline NewsStatement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on South Sudan 01-10-14, 02:35 AM, SudaneseOnline Press Release Statement from the Communist Party of the State of South Sudan For sto 01-09-14, 02:48 PM, sudaneseonline US calls on parties to conflict in south Sudan to make quick progress 01-07-14, 03:47 PM, SudaneseOnline News US urges parties to conflict in S. Sudan to stop fighting 01-02-14, 04:37 PM, SudaneseOnline News South Sudanese rebels arrive in Addis Ababa for ceasefire talks 01-01-14, 04:34 PM, Reuters SPLA FORCES ARE ADVANCING TO RETAKE BENTIU TOWN 01-01-14, 04:18 PM, SudaneseOnline Press Release South Sudan's Warring Factions Agree On Ceasefire, Regional Block Says 12-31-13, 04:06 PM, SudaneseOnline News Uganda Warns South Sudan Rebel Leader 12-31-13, 03:58 PM, SudaneseOnline News Uganda Deploys Troops to South Sudan Amid Unrest 12-30-13, 08:41 PM, Associated Press Sudan Liberation Movement/Army MM Command Order (2/2013) 12-17-13, 06:27 PM, SudaneseOnline News Press Statement on the Technical Workshop by JEM and SLA/MM 12-12-13, 06:02 AM, sudaneseonline The Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SRRA) Press Statement 11-21-13, 02:03 PM, SudaneseOnline Press Release The SPLM-N is Ready to Sit with the Sudan Government for the Polio Ca 10-29-13, 06:39 AM, sudaneseonline Sudan stresses the strength of its relationship Somalia 09-19-13, 04:26 PM, SudaneseOnline News Sudan Revolutionary Front's leader defects from Sudan People's Liberat 09-10-13, 03:40 PM, SudaneseOnline News Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement-North discusses with Swiss Governme 09-03-13, 03:10 PM, SudaneseOnline News The SPLM-N Delegation Met with the Swiss Government, Discussed a Child 09-02-13, 06:53 PM, Yasir Arman