Posted by: africanpressorganization | 9 March 2010

Signing in Khartoum of the Electoral Code of Conduct by the National Congress Party (NCP) of Sudan.





Signing in Khartoum of the Electoral Code of Conduct by the National Congress Party (NCP) of Sudan.



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 9, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Commission of the African Union (AU) is pleased to announce the signing in

Khartoum, by the National Congress Party (NCP) of Sudan, of the Electoral Code of

Conduct. By so doing, the NCP adds its signature to the fifteen signatories, most of whom

are Southern-based political parties, that signed the Code during a recent Summit meeting

convened by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) on Sudan in

Juba, on 2 March 2010.

This voluntary Code, which commits the parties and candidates to common

principles for free and fair elections, facilitates self-regulation by Sudan’s political parties

during the forthcoming elections, scheduled for 11 April 2010. The AU believes that this

Code can play an important role in promoting democratization in the Sudan and in building

confidence between the different political parties.

The Code was signed, on behalf of the NCP, by Professor Ibrahim Ghandour,

Secretary for Political Affairs of the NCP, and was witnessed by Ambassador Mahmoud

Kane, Head of the African Union Liaison Office in the Sudan (AU-LOS).

The signing by the NCP of the Code of Conduct provides further momentum for its

acceptance by all national Sudanese political parties, and further enhances the chances for a

peaceful electoral process in the forthcoming elections. It is expected that more parties will

associate themselves with the Code within the coming days.

The NCP also signed the Declaration of Common Commitments, which supports

peaceful and democratic change in the Sudan, and reiterates its commitment to the

Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the search for peace and justice in the Darfur

region of the country.

The African Union, through the AUHIP, the AU-LOS, and the AU team of election

observers that will soon be deployed to the Sudan, will work closely with the Sudanese

political parties to assist them to implement the Code.



African Union Commission (AUC)


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