Sudanese political circles were awaiting the official start of voting in the parliamentary and presidential elections on Monday amid intense security measures in the streets of the capital, Khartoum.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) on Sunday announced completion of the technical and logistical arrangements for the start of polling in all states except for seven geographical constituencies in South Kordofan and Darfur states due to security reasons pertaining to the armed conflict in these areas.
AU election monitoring delegation arrives in Sudan
The African Union (AU) elections monitoring team headed by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in Khartoum in the early hours of Sunday.
Obasanjo stressed in statements to Sudan state media (SUNA) the importance of elections in the democratic process adding that monitoring the elections depends on institutions formed by the state to ensure the integrity, transparency and credibility of the polls.
The Sudanese community in South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state have criticised Sudan’s National Election Commission for failure to establish polling stations that would have allowed them participate in the 13 April elections.
Businessman Ahmed Mohamed said the Sudanese government should have considered all their nations ahead of the Monday polls.