The head of the National Election Commission NEC), Mukhtar El Asam, announced on Sunday that the number of votes cast in the presidential and parliamentary election reached 4.800 million. 13.8 million Sudanese were eligible to vote.
He predicted that the percentage of the voter turnout will lie between 36 and 38 percent in the end. “It may reach 40 percent”, he said, stressing that the low numbers were expected.
The National Election Commission (NEC) has announced the closure of five of the 16 polling centres in Garsila, capital of Wadi Salih locality, because of a delay in the arrival of voting materials.
NEC spokesman El Hadi Mohammed Ahmed said that 160 out of 7,000 polling centres distributed over 18 states witnessed logistical problems on Monday, the first voting day.
April 12 - 2015 EAST JEBEL MARRA
Two children died in Wadi Oshar, northeast of Mashrou Abu Zeid, on Friday.
A relative of the victims told Radio Dabanga that Adam Yahya Ibrahim (8), and Mayada (5) died of a high fever, accompanied by vomiting, and swelling of the hands and eyes.
He said that in particular children are infected by the unknown fever, which is spreading fast in the villages of East Jebel Marra, and attributed the rising death toll to the absence of medicines and health care in the area.
April 13 - 2015 EL FASHER
The State Minister of the Sudanese Ministry of Welfare and Social Security has announced that the government will support the people of the Berti tribe, who were displaced by Ziyadiya militia attacks on their villages in Mellit and El Kuma localities in March.
State Minister Kamal Hassan Ali headed a federal delegation that visited El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, on Sunday, to assess the humanitarian situation of the affected.
The death toll among Berti in the recent attacks of the paramilitary Border Guard militias and Central Reserve Police (Abu Tira) on villages of Mellit locality amounts to 106.
48,819 people are affected by the violence, according to reports from Mellit. 7,409 families were displaced. 191 houses went up in flames.