Sudan presidential results due today

April 26, 2010 12:00 am

, KHARTOUM, Apr 26 – The results of Sudan\’s presidential election and of the vote for the leadership of the semi-autonomous south are expected to be released on Monday, an electoral commission official said.

"Yes, it is very probable that the results of the presidential election and the results of the south Sudan leadership are announced," at a press conference at 1200 GMT, Abdallah Ahmed Abdallah, vice chairman of the National Election Commission (NEC) told AFP.

The NEC has been announcing results of Sudan\’s first multi-party vote since 1986 as they become available.

It is still to announce the results of the presidential race, which is expected to see the re-election of President Omar al-Beshir — wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

Salva Kiir, who heads the semi-autonomous government of south Sudan, is also expected to retain his post.

The impoverished south is due to hold a referendum in January 2011 on whether it wants to break away from the north or remain part of a united Sudan.

Some 16 million registered voters were eligible to participate in the April 11-15 election for a president as well as legislative and local representatives. Southerners also voted for their leader.

The election was marred by an opposition boycott, logistical delays and accusations of fraud.

International election monitors from the European Union and the Carter Centre said after polling ended on April 15 that the vote failed to reach international standards.


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