Census crisis in Southern Kordofan defused, census resumed

Media Monitoring Report, 24 April 2008

A joint ad hoc committee from the two peace partners succeeded to end the boycott of the fifth national census by the SPLM in Southern Kordofan.

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Kadogli announced yesterday the boycott of the census because of the insecurity and the misrepresentation of the former rebel movement in the state census agency.

A joint six-member committee from the SPLM and the National Congress Party (NCP) prevailed upon the SPLM leadership in the State to put an end to the boycott by increasing the census budget of Southern Kordofan in order to increase the number of enumerators from the SPLM.

The committee included Malik Aggar, the SPLM Vice-Chairman and Ahmed Haroun the leading member of the NCP.

The joint committee also met with the State Security Committee chaired by the governor of Southern Kordofan, Omer Suleiman, to touch on the issues related to the security arrangements.

The meeting stressed the need to conduct census in all parts of Southern Kordofan and the formation of a ministerial committee to address issues which remain unresolved, particularly the issue of integrating SPLM members in the civil service and implementation of some items related to security arrangements.

Meeting agreed on the importance of the protection of census teams deployed throughout the state.


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