Sudan election results delayed

April 19, 2010 12:00 am

, KHARTOUM, Apr 19 – Sudan\’s national election commission said on Monday that results from the country\’s first multi-party election in 24 years, originally expected on Tuesday, would be delayed.

"We cannot set a definite date to announce the results because (the counting) is a very complicated process," the head the NEC\’s technical committee Hadi Mohammed Ahmed told AFP.

Election results had been expected on Tuesday but the NEC then suggested later dates.

"We had hoped to reveal the final results by April 21, but we are not in a position to do that," Ahmed said.

The Sudanese people had five days to vote for their president as well as legislative and local representatives in the country\’s first multi-party election since 1986 which ended on Thursday.

The election is likely to see the return to power of President Omar al-Beshir, who seized control of Africa\’s largest country in a military coup backed by Islamists in 1989.

Since the end of the election, in which southerners also voted for the leader of their semi-autonomous government, the NEC has been announcing the results of the legislative polls as they become available.

So far Beshir\’s National Congress Party is sweeping the boards.

The official SUNA news agency has issued preliminary results for the presidential race based on a few dozen polling stations, out of tens of thousands around the country. The very initial results all favour Beshir.

A significant part of the opposition had boycotted the election, accusing Beshir\’s ruling National Congress Party of rigging the election, which was marred by delays and logistical problems.

International observers from the Carter Centre and the European Union said on Saturday that the polls had failed to reach international standards.


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