Four million Sudanese began voting in the presidential elections on Wednesday (15 September). The voting?
Four million Sudanese began voting in the presidential elections on Wednesday (15 September). The voting period in the six-day plebiscite has been extended by 15 days in some regions, due to heavy rains. Tractors were being used to bring voters to some of the 12.139 ballot boxes in the 237 constituencies.
The people are casting "yes" or "no" ballots for the sole candidate, Major-General Jaafar Mohammed El-Nimeiry. The General, who has led the country since 1969 after seizing power with a group of army majors, crushed an abortive coup by Sudanese communists two months ago.
This is the first presidential election since Sudan won independence in 1956.
SYNOPSIS: Four million sudanese began voting on Wednesday in the residential elections the first since Sudan won independence in 1956. the voters are casting "yes" or "no" ballots for the sole candidate, Major-general Jaafar Mohammed El-Nimeiry.
The General has been touring the country to bring out the voters. rallies and parades have been organised in many towns and villages to urge the people to vote, and to vote "yes" to the forty-two year-old General Nimeiry. the voting period in the six-day plebiscite has been extended by fifteen days in some regions due to heavy rains.
In some areas, tractors were used to bring voters to some of the more than twelve thousand ballot boxes in two-hundred and thirty-seven constituencies. The election result will technically decide General Nimeiry's position as head of state.
The General, Chairman of Sudan's Revolutionary Council, has led the country since 1969, after seizing power with a group of army majors. Two months ago, he crushed an abortive coup by Sudanese communists, who opposed the recently formed Arab Federation between Egypt, Syria and Libya. The voters will indicate feeling among the populace about joining the Federation. Sudanese trade unions have issued a statement urging workers to support the General. The election is being conducted without the Political Segregation Ruling, which deprives certain categories of people of their political rights. General Nimeiry has said that for the purposes of the present election, all Sudanese will be considered equal.