Sudan has closed its border with South Sudan as part of security measures before the presidential elections scheduled to begin on April 13. The new measures have been put in place in the nine Sudanese states that share border with South Sudan including the five Darfur states, West Kordofan, South Kordofan, White Nile and Blue Nile states. The police have confirmed that more than 70,000 troops will be deployed all over the country to ensure a secure voting process on Monday. The East Darfur government reportedly closed all crossings on the border to secure the elections.
The Deputy Governor of East Darfur State Ahmed Kibir said in a press statement that a joint security committee was set up to secure the border with Kordofan State.
For its part, South Kordofan State Governor Adam Al Fekki confirmed their ability to secure the elections. He said his government has put in place all the necessary measures to secure the election which is one of the citizen’s rights.