As voting continues for a third day in Sudan’s first multiparty elections in 24 years, women appear to have come out in huge numbers to participate in the elections. Analysts say the women’s vote may be the determining factor in the outcome of the elections.
Despite extreme logistical and organizational challenges facing the Sudanese elections, the women of Sudan appear to be more determined to have their voices heard in these landmark elections.
It will take days to determine exact figures, but visits to Southern Sudan polling stations in the past three days have shown that women clearly outnumber men in voting queues. Reports from other parts of Sudan also indicate that more women have cast their votes, most of them for the first time in their lives.
The deputy secretary-general of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Southern Sudan, Ann Itto, related her voting experience at a press conference in Juba. “It was the first time I ever voted in my life. The feeling was great. And I felt that I had made my contribution to making this country a better place to live. More than 70 percent of the people in the queue were women … pregnant ones and those who had just delivered the other day,” she said.
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