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Former U.S. President Carter vows to support Sudan's elections

2010-02-10 15:33 BJT

KHARTOUM, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who is also the founder of the Carter Center, on Tuesday vowed to support Sudan's general elections slated for April this year.

"I have been briefed by Sudan's National Elections Commission ( NEC) on progress of the electoral process. I will do my best to support this democratic experience," Carter told reporters following a meeting with the NEC members here on Tuesday.

The former U.S. president further stressed the Carter Center did not have any authority over the NEC, but would be a major partner in monitoring Sudan's elections, saying "we have a lot of experience, but our authority and our directions are coming from the NEC itself."

NEC Deputy Chairman, Professor Abdalla Ahmed Abdalla, for his part, welcomed participation of the Carter Center as a monitor in the forthcoming elections.

He told reporters that they have briefed Carter on the different stages of the electoral process, saying Carter has appreciated the ongoing arrangements for organizing the elections.

Carter on Monday commenced a four-day visit to Sudan to get acquainted with progress of the electoral process in the country and follow up other Carter Center-supported programs in Sudan.

While in Sudan, Carter is scheduled to meet Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese First Vice-President Salva Kiir Mayardit and a number of Sudanese political leaders.

The Carter Center is the only international organization so far to monitor the Sudanese elections. The center will be tasked with monitoring the electoral process and writing reports about it.

Editor: Li Juanjuan | Source: Xinhua