African Union praises Sudan vote

April 14, 2010 12:00 am

, ADDIS ABABA, Apr 14 – The African Union on Wednesday praised the conduct of Sudan\’s elections and stressed that they had not been marred by violence despite logistical problems.

"Overall, observers think that the elections in Sudan are continuing without major problems… There has been no violence," AU Commission President Jean Ping told reporters in Addis Ababa.

Sudan\’s first multi-party polls in more than two decades opened on Sunday, but were hit by logistical problems which prompted the electoral body to extend the end of voting to Thursday from Tuesday.

However, the electoral commission announced a cancellation Tuesday in areas badly affected by organisational hiccups.

"The organisation of elections in Africa is a difficult process. Sudan is no exception," added Ping. "In spite of these difficulties, elections were nonetheless conducted…"

President Omar el-Beshir is expected to win the vote after the withdrawal of key challengers.


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