Title: Sudan extends the voting by one day across the country.
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 04-15-2015, 05:09 PM
04:09 PM Apr, 15 2015
SudaneseOnline News-Khartoum Sudan
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Sudan's National Elections Commission (NEC) announced on Wednesday that it would extend the voting in presidential and parliamentary elections by one day across the country.
Voting, which started on Monday, was supposed to only last three days in polls which look set to re-elect President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in power since 1989.
NEC stressed that the voting had not been able to take place at a handful of centers because ballot materials had not arrived in time. In those areas, voting has already been extended for two days.
Polls opened at 8am local time (0500 GMT) amid poor turnout in various polling centers in the first voting hours of the day
The elections, which started on Monday and will last until Wednesday, are the first to be held in Sudan since the independence of the southern part of the country in 2011.
Up to 13 million Sudanese voters are expected to cast their ballots in the three-day polls from 8am to 6pm.
It is widely believed that incumbent President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for over 25 years, will win the elections.
Sudan's National Elections Commission
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