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Sudan to unveil election results with Bashir set for win

Incumbent leader Omar al-Bashir of Sudan/FILE

Incumbent leader Omar al-Bashir of Sudan/FILE

KHARTOUM, Apr 27 – Sudan’s National Electoral Commission was due to announce the results on Monday of presidential and parliamentary elections, with incumbent Omar al-Bashir and his National Congress Party expected to dominate.

Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges, faced little competition in the four-day vote with just 13 little-known challengers standing against him.

The mainstream opposition boycotted the polls and called on voters to stay away, saying conditions were not right for a free and fair election.

Polling stations were quiet during the vote, despite a nationwide one-day extension, and the African Union’s Election Observer Mission said there had been a “generally low turnout of voters throughout”.

The controversial vote has already faced international criticism, with the US, Britain and Norway slamming Sudan last week for its “failure to create a free, fair and conducive elections environment.”

If no candidate for the presidency wins an outright majority, the electoral law requires a second-round runoff.

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