News / Africa

Sudan Ruling Party Official says Dialogue Key to Successful Referendum

If the January referendum does take place, it will have little impact on the conflict in Darfur, in western Sudan, which has been in a lull.
If the January referendum does take place, it will have little impact on the conflict in Darfur, in western Sudan, which has been in a lull.

Multimedia

Audio
  • Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, a former vice chancellor of the University of Khartoum and a prominent NCP official spoke with Clottey

Peter Clottey

A prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has called for more dialogue between supporters in favor of the country’s “unity” and supporters of south Sudan’s secession ahead of the scheduled 9th January referendum.

Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, a former vice chancellor of the University of Khartoum, told VOA the much-feared violence in the run up to the scheduled referendum could be avoided through dialogue and strong partnership between his party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

“Separationists from north and south advocated their point of view, as well as unionists from north and south also advocated their point of view. And, we had comments from the SPLM, as well as comments from the NCP, which I represented in that meeting.”

Both the NCP and the south Sudan’s SPLM have been engaged in discussions to help avoid violence in the run up to south Sudan’s referendum.

Some supporters of the SPLM have accused the NCP of undermining efforts to organize next year’s referendum, a charge Ghandour denies.

“We work hard to support the commission in order to execute the referendum on time, and we hope that it will take place. As you know, this was our position during the interim period since the signing of the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement). We’ve always been keen to have and implement of each item of the CPA on time.”

The referendum commission has said it will start registering voters next month in preparation of the January vote.

But, some civil society groups have accused the commission of delaying the registration process contrary to a referendum law passed by Sudan’s National Assembly last December. According to the law, the initial voters register was scheduled to be completed before the end of August.

But, sharp disagreements over which party appoints someone to the position of the secretary-general stalled commission activities ahead of the January vote.

Ghandour said both the NCP and the SPLM continue to work closely to ensure the referendum proceeds as originally scheduled.

“I think with the support of the international community and the political commitment from the two partners, the SPLM and NCP, the referendum will take place on time.”

You May Like

Reports of Mass Murder on Mediterranean Smuggler’s Boat

Boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569 More

Video New Thailand Hotline Targets Misbehaving Monks

Officials say move aims to restore country’s image of Buddhism, tarnished by recent high profile scandals such as opulent lifestyle, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as child sex abuse More

Study: Dust from Sahara Helped Form Bahama Islands

What does the Sahara have in common with a Caribbean island? Quite a lot, researchers say More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Astronauts Train in Underwater Labi
X
George Putic
July 25, 2014 7:25 PM
In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Not Even Monks Spared From Thailand’s Junta-Backed Morality Push

With Thailand’s military government firmly in control after May’s bloodless coup, authorities are carrying out plans they say are aimed at restoring discipline, morality and patriotism to all Thais. The measures include a crackdown on illegal gambling, education reforms to promote students’ moral development, and a new 24-hour phone hotline for citizens to report misbehaving monks. Steve Sandford reports from Bangkok.
Video

Video Virtual Program Teaches Farming Skills

In a fast-changing world beset by unpredictable climate conditions, farmers cannot afford to ignore new technology. Researchers in Australia are developing an online virtual world program to share information about climate change and more sustainable farming techniques for sugar cane growers. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, the idea is to create a wider support network for farmers.
Video

Video Airline Expert: Missile will Show Signature on Debris

The debris field from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is spread over a 21-kilometer radius in eastern Ukraine. It is expected to take investigators months to sort through the airplane pieces to learn about the missile that brought down the jetliner and who fired it. VOAs Carolyn Presutti explains how this work will be done.
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.

AppleAndroid