Sudan Elections: Vote counting begins in Darfur as referendum ends

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Apr

Sudan Elections: Vote counting begins in Darfur as referendum ends

By Victor Muisyo with AFP

Vote counting got underway in Darfur on Wednesday after three days of referendum voting on administrative status of the region.

Calm was observed in various polling stations of the West Sudanese region.

SUDAN.jpg Sudanese police officer stands at a polling booth as an electoral officer helps a woman cast her vote in the country’s elections at a polling station in a classroom in Khartoum’s southern suburb of Mayo on April 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/Patrick Baz)

Nearly 3.5 million Darfuris had registered to participate in the exercise seeking to unify Darfur’s five states into a single administrative unit.

The vote counting is however expected to experience some difficulties, owing to communication hitches and inaccessibility of some areas.

This vote has been criticized by Paris and Washington who believe that current conditions do not favour credible result.

Darfur has been rocked by chaos and violence between government forces and non-Arab insurgents who feel ethnically marginalized by the regime dominated by Arabs .

The conflict has left at least 300,000 dead and some 2.5 million displaced, according to UN.