Sudan: The elections and beyond

Published on Pambazuka, an interview with Asha Elkarib, May 13, 2010.

Asha Elkarib is a Sudanese social justice activist and member of Tamam – a network for Sudanese civil society groups and NGOs working for equality, justice and democracy in Sudan. Through her involvement in Tamam, she acted as an election monitor in the recent Sudanese general elections – a colossal political event, as they were the first in 24 years. She shares her thoughts and experience on the electoral process, the role of civil society and the future of Sudan with Pambazuka News.

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: What do you think happened in these elections? Was it a genuine outcome? Are the accusations of fraud and irregularities accurate? Are these legitimate concerns? What kind of irregularities took place? How have these affected the outcome? 

ASHA ELKARIB: As an activist organisation and network for justice we were involved in the elections process with activities such as polling registration and mapping of constituencies. We followed this as closely as possible. We did not cover the whole country but only certain states, mainly Khartoum, Al Gezira, Kassala, White Nile, and parts of Darfur. We covered these areas for over a year: from census through to registration.

Based on our work, it is very clear that the election results were engineered in favour of the National Congress Party (NCP). Tamam is a network of over 3,000 local observers. We observed initial issues in registration and raised our concerns in three different reports sent to the national election commission before the elections took place. Our concerns were regarding fraud and the complete rigging of the election. The indicators were traceable in civil society, such as attempts of corruption, threatening of persons on group and individual levels … (full interview text).

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