South Sudan

Bashir casts vote to stretch his rule


Bashir casts his vote (Photo by Reuters)


Sudan President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, this afternoon cast his ballot during elections in the capital Khartoum.

Bashir was accompanied by ministers and his two wives.

Sudan is today voting in elections earlier boycotted by the opposition.

With this trend, Bashir is poised to secure victory for another five-year term in office.

The voting in the general and presidential elections will last for three days.

Al Jazeera reports seeing only soldiers and the elderly in most of the 11,000 polling stations across the country.

The president later voted at the same school, accompanied by ministers and his two wives.

The opposition says no credible elections can be held until peace is restored in all of the country’s regions and the oppositions demands, including the release of all political prisoners and increased press freedom, are met.


Bashir arrives at polling station


Opposition held protests over the weekend joined by students’ rallies and rebels who promised to disrupt elections in volatile Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

As a measure, Bashir dispatched 75,000 police personnel across the country to ensure voting goes on as planned.

The head of the election commission, Mukhtar al-Assam, told Al Jazeera that the elections would take place across the 18 Sudanese states, except for six areas in South Kordofan and one in central Darfur where fighting has been raging between rebels and government forces.

The elections will be monitored by the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and the Arab League.

Counting of ballots is expected to begin shortly after the last polls close on April 15 while results are scheduled to be announced on April 27.


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