the Secretary of The NCP East Department: no differences will occur in El-Gedaref governor election?

By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)

Port Sudan, (SUDANOW)—Al-Sharif Ahmed Omar Badr, is a prominent figure of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in charge of the Party’s Department of the East as one who drew the political map of the Eastern region. In this interview to SUDANOW, Badr elucidated his views on important issues, including the relationship between his party and SIM, the NCP security strategy for east Sudan, the Party’s option for elections of a new Governor for Gedaref State and his position with regards the reform initiatives within SIM. The interview follows:

SUDANOW: How do you describe the NCP performance in East Sudan?

Badr: With due gratefulness to God, the Party’s political performance in the eastern states is very good, in fact unprecedented, adorning the NCP performance with tremendous accomplishments that reflected a bright image for the region. As you know, the P{arty regularly holds its periodic conferences every two years and rejuvenates itself by convening procedural conferences every four years during which it renews its organizational structure at all levels from bottom to top. As you also know, the NCP is the only Sudanese political party that has closely built chains due to reconstruction of its organs throughout the Sudan from village to hamlet and neighbourhood up to the levels of the federal Leadership Bureau and the National Shura (Consultative) Council. 

Q: What is the significance of an NCP department in East Sudan?

A:The effectiveness of any political party is the existence of a close vertical and horizontal coordination between its components. The organizational liaison, as a sector, represents a channel through which this coordination flows and the experience has therefore been developed and this sector has become a national one consisting of a number of secretariats each responsible for coordination of the organizational action in the concerned region. It was an experience that was subjected to scientific discussions just before the previous general conference and it was agreed that it must be retained in view of the successes it has achieved for linking the states with the center (Khartoum), expressing the viewpoints of those state and taking care of their concerns in addition to linking the Party’s bodies in the states with the similar bodies in the center. The Secretarial of the East (which, if I may correct, consists of several departments, not only one department), like other Secretariats all over the country, in central, northern, Kordofan, White Nile and Darfur regions, is responsible to the Organizational Liaison Sector. We are now the Red Sea in the final leg of a coordination tour that also covered Kassala and Gedaref states.

Q: Elections to the post of Governor for Gedaref State have been announced by the National Election Commission and they are now in the process of revision of the voters register. Have you selected the NCP candidate to run for this post? What was the method of selection?

A: Yes, the elections have started and we have long prepared for them before they were postponed by the Commission for the rainy season. We are fully confident of a landslide victory due to our preparedness and to interaction among the membership and leadership.   


The Party has a clear-set mechanism for selecting the candidate in accordance the internal election regulation that was approved by the NCP National Shura Council in 2009 and according to which NCP candidates for the 2010 general elections were selected. The same method was applied for selecting the candidate for Gedaref Governor at a meeting of the Shura Council of Gedaref State in which 21 nominees were named and after a voting process, the top seven nominees were selected. A general conference of the Party in held an extraordinary meeting that named five from the seven nominees and submitted them to the federal Leadership Bureau which selected one of them to run for `Gedaref Governor.

Q:In this method some differences may occur?

A: No. The process was carried out in accordance with the rules and Shura (consultation) and the candidates are all in agreement and concurrence to work with anyone of them who is selected to complete the term.

Q: How do you view the relationship between the NCP and other parties whether participating in the government or those on the opposition?

A: There is a specific political sector within the party that gives statements on the relationship between the NCP and the other parties. There3 is also an NCP spokesperson who speaks on the party’s relations and positions. Moreover, there is a specific secretariat that is entitled to answer such a question. What I can say, as a member of the Leadership Bureau is the overall opinion that the Party wants to have all people of the Sudan and their political forces participate in shouldering the responsibility, except anyone who declines.

Q: In your personal opinion, what has the recent SIM conference to the NCP?

A: The recent SIM conference has made an extensive intellectual activity the impact of which will affect the entire Sudan and serve the country’s causes and renew the willpower for confronting the challenges.

Q: How do you look at the importance of the Red Sea security and the State’s endeavors for safeguarding the interests of the people of Sudan?

A: The Red Sea is the Sudan’s strategic seafront and outlet to the world and is surrounded by numerous foreign plots and ambitions but the State is capable of protecting it with the force it is preparing and on dependence of Almighty God.

Q: What is the Party’s strategy for the coming period?

A: This question can be answered by NCP spokesperson and other concerned institutions but I advise you to go through the State’s programmes and you will get to know the strategy of the Party and the State.

Q: Is there any conflict between the NCP and SIM organs?

A: Of course yes. Each of the NCP organs has its own duties and functions as defined by the Statute and there is no conflict between them. The same applies for SIM organs each with its own duties and functions. There is no overlapping of the functional duties of each of them.

Q: Some groups within SIM believe that the amendment of the Constitution has impaired the Movement’s ability of making initiative. What do you think of this?

A: SIM is the first Islamic movement in the region that has made breakthroughs and has achieved successes and has addressed issues which has remained untouched. It has a rich organizational legacy and experience. By introducing this constitution that was approved by the majority of SIM general conference, which is the highest legislative authority, the Movement intended to develop it experience. The constitution was subjected to protracted discussions over two sessions of preparation. It was first discussed by the conferences of the states before it was brought to the general conference which endorsed it after a serious debate, reflecting the Movement’s commitment to the Shura and to a spirit of fraternity on an issue for gaining God’s satisfaction. The general conference managed to overcome the obstacle of the natural opposition to anything new.

Q: Which do you think is beneficial to SIM, electing its Secretary-General by the Shura Council or by the general conference?

A: I think those who called for electing the Secretary-General by the general conference as was practiced for a long time throughout SIM history have produced their arguments and so have those who supported the election by the Shura Council. This issue was resolved by the majority, a matter which makes it binding to the opinion of the majority. I also believe what was approved in the new constitution will not make SIM miss its initiative ability which is a standing feature of SIM membership and course of action. SIM is always in the lead for development and addressing new avenues, offering solutions and proposing alternatives. This is something that can be carried out by an individual leading figure of the Movement, let alone the great numbers of intellectuals, thinkers, academics and preachers who have made initiatives when the Movement was looked upon as a weak organization decades ago. How come that those people would not be able to make initiatives now that the Movement has expanded in all parts of the Sudan and joined by all groups and segments of the community?

Q: Is the Islamic Movement a religious guidance or a political body?

A: The Islamic Movement is made up of well-founded political, communal and cultural institutions. The Movement has now become familiar in its region and has acquired supporters who benefitted from its experience. This is something that SIM members have to thank God for it. So long as the intellectual ideas are brought forth for assessment and evaluation for enrichment of the extended experience which, after all, is a human experience for which we cannot claim perfection. Discovery of a shortcoming in this experience is a proof that there is a continued action and the only who does not make a mistake is the one who does not work. But a person who work in a good faith and commits a mistake will be granted two rewards – one for the trial and another for achievement if he succeeds.   

We pray to God for success and assistance for the Movement and those who are running it.

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