Turnout for presidential election is high
The Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum has announced that the turnout in Tuesday’s presidential election was much higher than expected.
In a number of polling stations in northern governorates the polling stations ran out of ballot papers, suggesting a turnout exceeding 70%. The greatest amount of disruption to the poll was in the south where at least ten people were killed in attacks on polling stations. Some ballot boxes were burnt and some stolen. Overall, however, the poll was seen as a success.
Final numbers for turnout will take some days to filter through because of the disjointed nature of the infrastructure and security issues in the country.
Nevertheless the high turnout suggests that the people of Yemen are keen to move on from the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh and move to the next phase of rebuilding their nation.