Thumbs up for Sudan polls despite hiccups

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Observer Mission of the Organization of African Tra de Union Unity (OATUU)Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the f i rst national general election in Sudan in more than a quarter century.
In a statement, the organisation the voting process was largely peaceful and ord erly despite initial hiccups in some states on the first polling day.
A representative of the mission, Mohamed Al Mabrouk, said it had taken note of t he rush and huge interest by voters and representatives of the parties to partic i pate of the in the polling process.
â?So far, no shortcoming has been reported by the mission other than the delay in the first day of the polling process,â? he said.
The official said the elections would be a turning point in the way Sudan would be governed and expressed satisfaction about how the voting process was conducte d .
The organisation is the first African body to take an unequivocal position on th e legitimacy or otherwise of the polls that have elicited massive international a nd domestic interest.
African Union observers, led by former Ghanaian President John Kufuor, are expec ted to give their verdict on Saturday, two days after the curtains come down on t he polls.

14 april 2010 07:13:00

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