Sudanese voters on Sunday went to the polls to elect a new president, members of parliaments and governors in the first multi-party elections since 1986, The election is being held amid boycott by several heavyweight political parties which accuse the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of setting the stage for a sweeping win through fraud and utilizing the state resources.
The vote is part of the U.S.-brokered 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a 21-year war between north and south Sudan.
Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir is running for re-election on the NCP ticket and hoping to legitimize his rule, after the International Criminal Court (ICC)issued an arrest warrant against him.
The Sudanese authorities have rejected claims of fraud. Member of the National Elections Commission Prof. Mukhtar Al-Asam has declared that the commission has chosen the "most disciplined system for the voting process to ensure the accuracy of the elections." Dr. Al-Asam said in a press conference that representatives of the political parties and the candidates and the elections observers will be inside the voting centres throughout the voting operation.