Sudan Governor, Wanted By ICC, Wins Oil State Election

Ahmed Haroun, the incumbent governor of northern Sudan’s only oil-producing state, wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in the western region of Darfur, was declared the winner of Southern Kordofan state’s delayed elections.

“Ahmed Haroun was the winner in the election,” Abdallah Ahmed Abdallah, deputy head of Sudan’s National Elections Commission, told reporters today in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Southern Kordofan, which includes the Nuba Mountains, was the scene of heavy fighting during the two-decade civil war between the northern and southern regions that ended with a peace agreement in 2005. The state is located on the border between the two regions.

A local branch of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, Southern Sudan’s ruling party which led the rebellion against the Sudanese government in Khartoum, said yesterday it will not recognize the results of the elections because of alleged vote rigging.

The National Elections Commission added a polling center in the state without alerting the SPLM, whose monitoring agents were not present as a result, Yasser Arman, the secretary-general of the SPLM’s northern sector told reporters yesterday in Khartoum.

The Carter Center, which monitored the three-day vote which started on May 2, called on the political parties to remain calm during the aggregation process in an e-mailed statement on May 9.