Khartoum, Sudan - A Sudanese political party, the Beja Congress, said Monday its supporters and party agents were kidnapped at gunpoint hours after elections kicked off in Sudan’s presidential, parliamentary and state governorship elections.
Ibrahim Al Dab, the candidate for the Beja Congress, said the party
agents were kidnapped at a polling station in Dalgeik polling centre,
in the Red Sea State.
The parliamentary candidate said in an
interview with the UN-funded Radio Miraya, that unknown gunmen stormed
the Dalgeik polling station and kidnapped representatives of the
The incident forced some independent candidates running for various posts to withdraw from the elections last-minute.
credibility of the elections has been smeared by the boycott of the
major political parties, although about 56 political parties were
initially expected to vie for posts.
The Sudanese elections have been marred by reports of vote fraud.
Sudanese voters have gone to the polls to elect a president for the
country, 25 state governors and several members of parliament, to sit
at the national parliament and state and regional parliaments,
including the 271 members for the Southern Sudan assembly.
country’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) admitted that it had been
overwhelmed with the electoral process in Sudan, due to lack of
The Beja Congress Party said its candidates also experienced widespread fraud and duplication of ballot papers.
also alleged that some voters were unable to vote properly due to the
complex process involved in having each voter cast their votes.
It is estimated that the 14 million voters registered to vote in the elections would require more time to cast their votes.
elections were due to last three days but a campaign is underway to
have the voting period extended by at least four more days.
Election observers said it took more than 30 minutes for each voter to cast his vote due to the complexity of the process.
elections have recorded a higher voter turnout in areas dominated by
the supporters of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), the party
sponsoring incumbent President Omar el-Bashir.
Khartoum - Pana 13/04/2010