(By Estera Popowska)
In polls where the incumbent Sudanese president was widely expected to win, the 71 year old was on Monday declared winner of polls with 94.5 per cent of the vote, the National Electoral Commission said.
National Electoral Commission chief, Mokhtar al-Asam said at a news conference in Khartoum that “the number of votes obtained by candidate Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir of the National Congress Party was 5,252,478, or 94.5 per cent” of ballots cast.
The election was reportedly marred with irregularities, with the main stream opposition boycotting. Bashir reportedly faced 13 little-known challengers for the presidency.
According to the Electral Comission, Bashir’s closest competitor, Fadl el-Sayed Shuiab of the small Federal Truth Party, won "79,665 votes, or 1.43 percent."
According to AFP, Polling stations had been quiet during the vote, despite a nationwide one-day extension, and the African Union's Election Observer Mission said there had been a "generally low turnout of voters throughout".
Poll turnout was 46.4 percent across the four days of polling, in which representatives of the national and state parliaments were also chosen.The controversial vote has already faced international criticism, with the United States, Britain and Norway slamming Sudan last week for its "failure to create a free, fair and conducive elections environment".
Bashir , also wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, seized power in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup, and won re-election in a 2010 election marred by an opposition boycott and criticism that the vote did not meet international standards( Source: AFP)