Sudanese stand in front of a crucial task. A whole generation grew up since the last multi-party elections were held in 1986. Whether those were conceived in a democratic spirit differs on the geographical location: “we  heard  one  educated Sudanese, a Northerner, enthuse about  the multi-party election of 1986, describing it as a genuine moment  of democratic participation  for  all  Sudanese;  and  an  equally  educated Sudanese,  a  Southerner,  say,  ‘Was  there  an  election  in  1986?  Yes,  yes,  there  was  an election! But it was run by the army! It was not an election. It was run by the army(Rift Valley Institute, the Sudan Election History Project)

In less than 90 days Sudanese are about to vote on the most extensive elections in Sudan’s history. They will cast multiple ballots voting for six different posts:

  1. President of the Republic
  2. President of the Government of Southern Sudan
  3. Governors of the States
  4. Members of the National Assembly
  5. Members of the Southern Sudan Assembly
  6. Members of states’ assemblies.

In Sudan, more than just the security situation is disturbing. How is a nation, with half of its adult population not being able to read and write, going to cross the candidate of their choice?  With non-existing basic infrastructure, how will voters to commute to polling stations? By the way, who has the right to vote in Sudan? Reports of alleged fraud of the voters’ registration process leave no hope that elections will build a ‘national’ momentum among people living on the territory known as Sudan.

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