Sudan begins counting ballots of general elections

16:46, April 16, 2010      

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Sudan on Friday begins counting ballots cast in the country's first multi-party elections in 24 years after a five-day polling process.

Chairman of Sudan's General Elections Commission Abdul-Muniem al-Nahas told reporters that the ballot counting results of each state will be submitted during the coming 48 hours, and that the results should not be appealed against.

Polling stations around the country closed on Thursday after the elections, which were initially set for three days, were extended for two more days due to some administrative and logistical problems during its first day.

Sudan's National Elections Commission (NEC) is expected to announce the final results on April 20, while the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) is widely expected to achieve a sweeping electoral victory.

The NCP said Thursday that if it wins the elections, it will form a broad-based government involving all Sudanese political parties, provided that those parties accept the final results of the elections.

Around 16 million Sudanese voters cast their votes in the first multi-party election in the country since 1986 to select their representatives for the presidency, the president of government of South Sudan, the state governors and members of the national assembly (parliament) and the state legislative councils.



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