Blog | Carter Center Deploys Observers Throughout Sudan; Voting Begins Sunday

By Deborah Hakes, assistant director of public information for The Carter Center

Sudan’s historic elections, the country’s first in 24 years, begin on Sunday and will include nearly one week of voting and counting the ballots.  The Carter Center deployed approximately 70 observers to Sudan’s 25 states. Campaigning officially ended today, and in Khartoum, election materials were packed up on trucks to be delivered across the city to each polling station.

Carter Center staff giving a briefing.

Democracy Program Director David Carroll addresses Carter Center observers at a briefing on Friday morning in Khartoum before they deployed across the country. From left to right: Field Office Director Graham Elson, Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Carter Center President and CEO Dr. John Hardman, and David Carroll.

Poll workers at a warehouse.

In Khartoum, the materials for polling stations were taken out of a warehouse and loaded onto trucks to be delivered across the city.

NEC worker in Khartoum.

NEC worker in Khartoum.

A worker for the National Elections Commission lifts a stack of ballot box lids to be delivered to a polling station in Khartoum.

Lifting ballot boxes onto truck.

A worker lifts a stack of ballot boxes onto a truck on Friday, April 9, in Khartoum

Meet one of Sudan’s domestic observers who received training from The Carter Center.

Meet one of the Center’s long-term observer teams in Sudan

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