In an analysis dated 28 April, 2011, the Carter Center in Atlanta commented (PDF) that a recent deterioration in South Kordofan’s security requires all sides to the conflict to promote a genuine and credible polling process for the state.
The Carter Center will deploy 24 observers to monitor the South Kordofan gubernatorial and state legislative elections starting on May 2.
The elections were postponed in April 2010 due to disagreements between the ruling parties of North and South Sudan, the National Congress Party and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement over population census figures. Security has been deteriorating since then. There are numerous armed groups in addition to the Joint Integrated Units of the armed forces of the north and south. SPLA soldiers have also moved into the region.