Sudanese voters trickle in for second-day vote in Nairobi

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The voter-turnout by Sudanese nationals resident in Kenya was a mere 67 per cent on Monday, the second day of a three-day exercise in Sudan’s historic elections.
Some 256 Sudanese nationals have been registered to vote in Kenya but the turnout by early Monday was 172 voters, a 67 per cent turnout a day before voting will close (Tuesday).
Sudanese Ambassador to Kenya, Guandong Majok, said voting in Nairobi and the entire Sudan went on peacefully.
“It went well yesterday (Sunday).
The voting has been smooth, the people have cast their votes smoothly, the process is moving peacefully,” he said in Nairobi Monday.
The Sudanese voters are casting their votes for the President, the local assemblies’ representatives and for some 25 state governors.
The Sudanese Embassy in Nairobi was designated as one of the 22 polling stations worldwide where Sudanese nationals in the Diaspora were allowed to vote.
But most Sudanese refugees spread across the Horn of Africa region had earlier lamented their inability to register as voters because of the requirement that they show a valid Sudanese National Identification or a Sudanese passport.
Most of the refugees said they lacked the required documents because they fled Sudan during the 21-year-long civil war between the North and South.
The Sudanese Embassy in Nairobi said the opening of the embassy for voting was a crucial step in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which helped to end the civil war.
It paved the way for an election in the Sudan, to pave the way for the democratization of the country after a six-year interim period.
The voting in most parts of the Sudan were reported to experience hiccups, including the lack of adequate voting materials, ballot boxes with no lids and missing names from the voter register.

12 april 2010 13:55:00

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