Strong MB presence in Sudanese election.

Strong MB presence in Sudanese election.

In an unprecedented move, the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan , has nominated 140 candidates to compete for seats in the country’s legislative, presidential and regional elections where nominations officially began on Saturday February 13 and will continue for 56 days ahead of the polling date scheduled to run from April 11 to April 13


 Sudan’ presidential poll is a historic and unique being the first multi-party poll since 1986 where 66 parties will participate in accordance with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed on December 31, 2004


  The importance of these elections in Sudan is reflected in the intense competition for the presidential seat with 12 candidates vying for the post, including former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahd and former southern rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Yasir Arman in addition to nine other candidates where all will be running for election. MB-backed President Omar al-Bashir, a candidate of the ruling National Congress party, is favored to win the presidential seat; the MB decision-making circles perceive him as the most suitable and eligible on the political scene today in this critical phase. Reliable sources within the group have reported that “The unity of Sudan requires a strong personality such as President Omar Al-Bashir”


 Sudan’s national election will witness a strong presence and wide participation by the Muslim Brotherhood including Professor Yusuf Hibir Nur Al-Da’im, Controller-General of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan, is the most prominent candidate in Sudan’s Election in addition to Dr. Sami Abd El Dayem Yassin, head of the MB Political Section and his deputy Dr. Essam Youssef and Sheikh Ali Gawish.  A group of Female MB members, Sheikh Sadiq Abd Allah Abd Al Magid’s wife, the former Controller General of the Muslim Brotherhood Ms. Nafisa Abdul Rahman, is also among the nominees in the Sudanese elections


 The prevailing electoral system and the large number of candidates is the reason for participation, according to the movement’s sources, particularly the party-list proportional representation system that is the preferred way to run as it is an outlet for the candidates in contrast to the geographical constituencies


 The leading Brotherhood’s leader, Mohamed Hibr, predicted the MB victory in the upcoming election in some constituencies, particularly the MB Controller-General’s Constituency. In an exclusive statement to, Hibr revealed a good representation for the Brotherhood in many constituencies such as Sudan ‘s Kordofan state empowered them to access 50% of winning candidates


 Hibr indicated that the MB does not seek to compete with representatives of the opposition parties on any seats since they are keen to engage in prior dialogue with them. Most of the movement’s candidates competing will be the in the northern districts in Sudan . The group will raise the slogan of   calling for the “enforcement of Islamic Shariah law, unity and reform by heart”, stressing that their main goal is not to win votes but hearts which are driven and inspired with Islam’s great values where Sudan can be a place for all


The observers describe the movement’s large participation as bold however   do not expect the group to have significant results in constituencies where the race for parliament is running in coordination with the National Congress Party due mainly to the limited impact of the political group in the Sudanese public opinion under the Islamization of the ruling party.


According to Sudanese journalist Walid al-Tayeb, the Muslim Brotherhood in their quest to achieve success in the election count on their bright, charity, missionary and distinguished history of its leading leaders in the eyes of the Sudanese public especially as the group is renowned for its respected and historical leaders rather than its social impact


 In the same contest, the original Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood believes that the Brotherhood’s participation in Sudan ‘s election is their internal matter and not Egypt ‘s Brotherhood’s business. In an exclusive statement to, Dr. Saad Al Katatni commented that the official position of the MB Executive Bureau on delicate issues is accepted and they do not intervene in the internal affairs of other countries


 Sudan’s upcoming national elections are its first democratic elections in 24 years. Sudan ‘s inexperienced voters will face one of the most complex elections on record with at least six different votes for the nomination of the president, the governor and members of Sudan ‘s National Legislative Assembly in addition to state assemblies across Sudan and the south’s Governor and members of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly. A Presidential candidate representing the South for the first time and also a woman will be among the candidates her name is Fatma Abdel-Mahmoud. She is the first Sudanese woman to be nominated minister in the era of the late President Nimeiri


 Leading Sudanese scholar Sheikh Abdullah Yusuf had urged that Sudan ‘s Scholars and thinkers should urge people to elect righteous candidates closest to Allah Almighty by which they will guarantee to continue in the enforcement of the Islamic law in an urgent desire of most candidates for the presidential election in April to enforce the Islamic laws


 A request by deputy head of the Sudanese religious scholars, came  two days after a statement issued by a number of scholars in Sudan, Saudi Arabia and other countries demanding the Sudanese government, represented by the ruling National Congress Party to preserve the hegemony of the Arab-Islamic identity and called on people not to elect those who reject to establish Allah’s law on the earth and reject the so-called the right of 2011 self-determination referendum, which may lead to the secession of the south from the north