Southern Sudan Braces Itself as Elections Looms

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

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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 A top presidential candidate has withdrawn from the race.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.