Joint Statement on Elections in Sudan

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) regret the Government of Sudan’s failure to create a free, fair, and conducive elections environment. Restrictions on political rights and freedoms that are contrary to the rights enshrined in the Sudanese Constitution, the lack of a credible national dialogue, and the continuation of armed conflict are among the reasons for the low participation and very low voter turnout in Sudan’s presidential and parliamentary elections. The outcome of these elections is not a credible expression of the will of the Sudanese people.

We condemn all acts of violence by both the government and armed groups during the election period and continue to support those Sudanese who wish to peacefully advance a comprehensive and legitimate political process of dialogue aimed at ending the conflict, meaningful governance reform, and long-term stability.