Sudanese trickled into polling stations on Tuesday following a two-day extension of the vote aimed at making up for a chaotic start to the country's first competitive election in over two decades.

Sudan's national election commission on Monday announced it was extending by two days until Thursday the scheduled three-day process after admitting to technical “mistakes” on Sunday's first day of voting.

In the complicated ballot, which has baffled many voters, Sudanese are asked to choose a President, as well as local and legislative representatives.

Delays

The two first days of voting were riddled with delays and technical problems which included ballot boxes going to the wrong stations, candidates' names found to be missing from electoral lists and polling stations opening late.

During what has now become a five-day vote, more than 10,000 polling stations are scheduled to open from eight a.m. (O500 GMT) to six p.m. (1500 GMT) daily.

With the withdrawal of key presidential challengers, Yasser Arman of the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement and the former Prime Minister, Sadiq al-Mahdi, Mr. Beshir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in war-torn Darfur, looks to secure a comfortable win.

By contrast, legislative and local elections remain fiercely competitive in many parts of the country.

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