Africa Polls open on final day of Sudan elections

Polls open on final day of Sudan elections

A Sudanese woman prepares to cast her vote at a polling station in Khartoum on April 15, 2015
A Sudanese woman prepares to cast her vote at a polling station in Khartoum on April 15, 2015

(AA) – Polling stations opened across Sudan on Thursday for the final day of the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

The elections, which started on Monday, are the first to be held in Sudan since the independence of the southern part of the country in 2011.

The vote was scheduled to end on Wednesday but the electoral commission extended it for one more day until Thursday.

Up to 13 million Sudanese voters are eligible to cast their ballots in the polls, in which incumbent President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for over 25 years, is expected to win.

Voters also elect 425 members of the parliament and 2,235 members of state legislative assemblies. A total of 1,072 candidates vie for seats in the National Assembly, while over 7,000 run for state legislative assembly seats.