SPLM’s South Kordofan boycotts Sudan fifth census
22 April 2008 (ST)
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in southern Kordofan has decided to boycott the Sudan national fifth census, a press statement said.
According to the UN sponsored Radio Miraya FM, the SPLM in South Kordofan motivated its decision by the lack of security and the inappropriate representation of the SPLM in the state census body.
Daniel Kodi who is the deputy state governor and SPLM regional leader also invoked the border demarcation, the non-reactivation of the IDPs voluntary return and the lack of the English language questionnaires.
However, the counting operations are started in the state and the SPLM didn’t obstruct their conduct. The real impact of the boycott is not yet clear.
The two-week census, which started today in the whole country, is crucial to prepare constituencies for national elections and confirm or adjust the wealth and power-sharing ratios in central government.
Around 60,000 enumerators and 200 observers are to deploy for the population count costing Sudan and the international community 103 million dollars.
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