| GEO World|
| Sudan poll fails to meet global standards-observers|
| Updated at: 1326 PST, Saturday, April 17, 2010|
KHARTOUM: Sudan's first multi-party elections in 24 years failed to meet all international standards, European Union observers said on Saturday in the first official judgment on the poll.
Final results in the presidential and legislative elections are due out on Tuesday, although incumbent president Omar Hassanal-Bashir is widely expected to win after most of his rivals boycotted the proceedings, accusing his ruling party of fraud.
"These elections have struggled to reach international standards. They have not reached them all," the head of the E.U. observer mission in Sudan Veronique de Keyser told reporters.