Bill on Arrangements for Popular Consultation in South Kordufan, Blue Nile Begin

June 9, 2009 (Al-Sammani Awadallah)

In preparation for a bill on popular consultation in South Kordufan and the Blue Nile states in implementing the protocols of the two states, the assessment and evaluation commissions yesterday held a joint meeting according to directives by the SPLM-NCP joint political committee.

The head of the joint assessment and evaluation commission for South Kordufan state, Dr. Adiridiri Mohamed Ahmed said the popular consultation stipulated in the two protocols of the Blue Nile and South Kordufan was regarded as a step on which citizens had to express their opinion, revealing that the popular consultation in the two state will commence after general elections scheduled to be held in the coming year as well as the elections of legislative councils in the states and the formation of the appointed commissioners.

He added that preparation at political, constitutional and legal levels embarked upon by the joint political committee, headed by Vice-president Ali Othman Taha and the Chairman of SPLM, necessitates massive campaign as from now.

Ahmed affirmed that the meeting agreed to meet with state governors and Deputy governors considering that there were political aspects needed to be embarked on early to mould public opinion to ensure wide involvement in this crucial step.

On his part, the headed of joint assessment and evaluation commission for South Kordufan, Niron Philip said the meeting aimed at discussion on procedures in respect of popular consultation in coming period, indicating agreement on holding meetings the governors and their deputies in Khartoum; indicating the two commissions had discussed at this stage procedures regarding the popular consultation so that citizens will learn what is popular consultation all about and how is it conducted. He explained that popular consultation is a precautionary step to be conducted after upcoming elections.


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