Low turnout in Sudan elections so far

The poll's success is being measured by the number of people passing through the 11,000 polling stations.

Sudanese women waiting to vote on the banks of the Blue Nile in Jazeera state on 14 April 2015. Picture: Jean-Jacques Cornish/EWN

KHARTOUM - The turnout has reportedly been low so far in Sudan's presidential, parliamentary and state elections.

The success of the poll, which has been shunned by established opposition parties, is being measured by the number of people passing through the 11,000 polling stations in the country's 18 states.

Sudanese officials are at pains to discount the European Union's assertion that an environment conducive to participatory and credible elections doesn't exist in Sudan.

Eager to follow Iran and Cuba in from the cold, they are bent on holding a successful poll.

Voting has been cancelled in two regions in Darfur and seven in South Kordofan because rebel activity makes it too dangerous.

Top officials say government will move from this election from the national dialogue it launched in the beginning of this year following deadly unrest since September 2014.