The situation in Sudan is alarming. Worst case scenarios are unfolding – boycotts, vote rigging, intimidation, security breakdowns and increased levels of violence. Huge amounts of money and political energy are being spent on an exercise that may not yield benefits for her people or the region.
Mounting free and fair elections, the first in over two decades, in the face of massive logistical hurdles, and in Africa’s largest country, was never going to be easy. Voters, a vast number of whom are illiterate, have to fill in a minimum of eight ballot papers, some 12, each one with a dozen or more candidates. The scope for confusion, manipulation and fraud is massive.