Hanged by the NEC (II)
Nobody will ever know who really won this election! The counting of votes has been so chaotic that it is simply impossible to find out the true number of votes cast for each candidate. Every single check and balance that should be in place to allow the election observers to see which results are genuine and which are fraudulent have been bypassed. We don’t know how many books of ballots were distributed to each polling station, how many were used, and which voting tallies accord with which station. Most of the NEC staff who are tallying the votes are untrained, recruited just days ago with no experience at all! Some of them have to ask the observers for assistance because the observers know their job better than they do. The sheets with the totals have one number written in, rubbed out, overwritten again, time and again! It is so chaotic it is shameful! Every day the NEC instructs that there has to be another shortcut so that they can announce something. No wonder the Chairman of the NEC has washed his hands of all the thousands of complaints and told everyone to go to court instead.
Anyone who harboured any doubts that the results are 100% set by political interests only had to see how Malik Agar won the Blue Nile for the SPLM! One day he was losing the count and telling the NCP that if he lost he would go back to war and demanding a recount. The next day the top brass of the NCP flew to Damazin and suddenly some forgotten ballot boxes appeared and Commander Agar suddenly was declared the victor! Those who had rigged the election in the first place shamelessly counter-rigged the next day.
The international community has turned a blind eye to everything that has gone on and declared that the election results will be accepted. We know the reason for this, which is that they are mainly interested in the referendum in South Sudan next year. They are making a big mistake because if, after two years’ preparation, the NEC can make such a fiasco out of the elections, do we really expect that the South Sudan Referendum Commission will do a better job in eight months? At least we now know where to look for the rigging but if the international community has its eyes shut what difference will that make? Democracy in Sudan is truly hanged by the NEC!