Press release

Sudan: Coming Elections Not Intended to be Free and Fair

Freedom House issued the following statement in anticipation of Sudan’s general elections beginning April 13. 

Washington

In anticipation of Sudan’s general elections beginning April 13, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The international community should make it clear to the Sudanese government that well-managed elections are not the same as free and fair elections,” said Mark P. Lagon, president of Freedom House. “President Bashir would like to point to elections that do not spark wide-spread violence as proof of his political legitimacy. The reality is that these elections are a sham, and the people of Sudan know it.”

Background:
On April 13, Sudan will commence presidential and parliamentary elections. 14 candidates are contesting the presidential election, including incumbent Omar Al-Bashir. Sudan’s main opposition parties are boycotting the elections, citing, among many things, the restrictive political environment and the ruling National Congress Party’s failure to consult when amending the constitution. It is estimated that approximately 450,000 potential voters in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan will not be able to participate due to ongoing conflict in these areas.

Sudan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014,  and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2014