Southern Sudan Braces Itself as Elections Looms

The first multiparty election in 24 years is expected to be met by trouble.


For the first time in 24 years, Sudan will have a multiparty election. With this progress, trouble is expected

Allegations of impropriety abound. A top presidential candidate has withdrawn from the race. And a number of political parties will likely boycott.

But even under the best of circumstances, elections are a headache. And in that context, Sudan's semi-autonomous South is facing its very first migraine: The overwhelming majority of people in southern Sudan have never voted.

Gemma Pita and Gladys Mananyu are 30-somethings, sitting in an office in the southern city of Juba. Pita says that most every southern Sudanese adult will have a chance to participate in the elections — including those in prison and in the hospital.

"For those who are not in coma, they can vote," she says.