Sudan: Voting opens in Presidential, Parliamentary polls

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Sudan's presidential and parliamentary elections kicked off on Monday and will continue for three days, with over 13 million eligible voters due to elect a President and Lawmakers for a five-year tenure.

Voting has started in all 6,911 constituencies covering the whole country, except seven constituencies in the war affected South Kordufan and the Halayeb.

The African Union (AU) on Monday sent an election observation mission following the receipt of an invitation from the Sudanese government.

In a statement received by PANA in Khartoum, the AU said it launched its election observation mission in Sudan on 10 April, with the deployment of 20 short-term observers (STOs) drawn from 14 African countries, representing institutions such as the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Election Management Bodies (EMBs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).  

The STOs were deployed in teams of two to cover 7 states in Sudan.

The AU Mission is led by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who arrived in Khartoum on 13 April.

Incumbent President Omar Al-Bashir is one of the 16 candidates contesting the presidency.

President Al-Bashir, who has already voted, is believed by observers to have far better chances of winning the elections, as the other candidates are mostly little known outside their constituencies

Apart from the AU, the Arab League, the Organisation of Islamic Conference and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development are observing the elections.

However the European Union (EU) said it would not provide any support for the elections, explaining it wants an all-inclusive national dialogue that will bring in the opposition and even the armed movement prior to the elections.

The government said this would create a constitutional vacuum and would unleash anarchy in the country.
-0- PANA MO/SEG 13April2015

13 Abril 2015 12:08:23




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