Election observers expressed concern on Nov. 3 over the harassment of political parties and funding delays as voters began to register for Sudan's first multi-party elections in 24 years. The Carter Center, which with the United Nations is providing the only international observers for the vote due next April, said its monitors had faced restrictions and many had not been given accreditation to start their work. "Sudan's National Election Commission (NEC) must act immediately to accredit national and international observers as well as political party agents, and lift restrictions on observers' freedom of movement," the center, founded by former US President Jimmy Carter, said in a statement. (Reuters)

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