Tension mounts in SPLM camp over Southern Kordofan elections
20 March, 2011 (UN Media Monitoring Report)
The decision by some leaders in the Nuba Mountains area to field Telefon Kuku as a candidate for Southern Kordofan Governor on an independent ticket has not gone down well with the SPLM in the area, according to sources.
Abu-el-Gassim Fartak, a prominent supporter of Kuku, said that local activists are encouraging Telefon Kuku to vie for the position because of his concern for the people and the problems they face.
The Citizen meanwhile quotes Gamar Dalman, an SPLM advisor in Southern Kordofan, as saying that Telefon Kuku was still an officer of the SPLA and his running as an independent candidate for governor was a violation of the elections law. He accused the NCP of bankrolling Kuku’s nomination and has called for the dissolution of the state elections committee for “its persistent violation of the law.”
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