February 2, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), which organized last month’s vote on the region’s independence, today officially announced the full preliminary results of the exercise whose outcome is certainly in favor of independence.
Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) chairperson Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil speaks during a news conference following the end of referendum votes on southern secession as he prepares to announce the results in Khartoum January 25, 2011 (Reuters Pictures)
Polls for south Sudan referendum opened on 9 January and closed on 15 January at 3000 polling stations domestically and eight Out-of-Country Voting (OCV) locations, including Uganda, Kenya, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda, the UK and the US.
The vote exceeded the 60% turnout required to validate the results and southerners voted massively for secession.
In a press conference held on Wednesday at the SSRC’s headquarters, the commission’s chairperson Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil said that 3.851.994 out of 3.947.676 people who registered to vote had cast their ballots, putting the turnout at 97.85%.
Khalil went on break down the figures saying that the total number of registered voters in the south was 3.770.600 voters out of which 3.724.194, i.e. 98.77%, turned up to vote.
According to Khalil, 16.129 of southerners in the south, 0.43%, voted for unity while a vast majority of 3.697.467 voted for secession, 99.57%.
In north Sudan, however, a relatively weak turnout has been reported. SSRC chairperson said that 69.597 voters out of 116.857 registered voters had cast their ballots, only 59.56%. He further noted that 27.918 people had voted for unity, 42.35%, while 38.003 voted for secession, 57.65%.
In OCV stations, 58.203 out of 60.219 registered voters participated, 98.55% voted for secession, 57.048 voters, and 1.45% for secession, 841 voters, according to Khalil.
SSRC chief confirmed that the final result would be announced on 7 February – if no legal challenges against the results are submitted – or on 14 February if legal appeals are lodged.
He said that the Supreme Courts in Khartoum and Juba would open the door for receiving appeals as of tomorrow, Thursday.
However he added that he did not expect any appeals to be submitted in the next few days.
South Sudan referendum on independence is the culmination of the 2005’s peace deal that ended more than two decades of civil war between north and south Sudan.
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/Sudan-announces-referendum,37861
January 30, 2011 (JUBA) – The people of Southern Sudan, at home and abroad, have voted in favor of secession with a 99% margin after counting 100% of the ballots, Sudan Tribune have learned.
Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) chairperson Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil (Reuters)
The preliminary results can be challenged during the appeal period which expires in early February.
This announcement to be made public later today, has hardly come as a surprise to anyone in the local or international arena who have prepared themselves for that outcome and have focused their efforts on making a peaceful divorce between the North and South.
The option of unity was deemed all but impossible by most observers due to deep seated mistrust between the Arab-Muslim dominated North and the mostly Christian and animist south Sudan.
Furthermore, the South has insisted on abrogating the application of Islamic Sharia’a law in the country but has faced stiff resistance by the ruling National Congress Party in the North.
Both sides are faced with the daunting task of agreeing on post-secession items such as borders, Abyei, citizenship, oil, water, national debt and international agreements.
Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/Southern-Sudanese-vote,37811
January 25, 2011 (BOR) – Jonglei State High Committee (SHC) for the referendum has dismissed as “false and baseless” reports that more people voted than registered to do so in Bor county during the 9-15 January self-determination polls.
In a statement received by the Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, John Boloc, the SHC public outreach officer said 53 people who registered, did not vote.
“Bor county has registered 68,675 voters in total. During polling, 68, 622 voters cast their votes,” said Boloc in the statement.
Boloc blasted analysis by Associated Press (AP) which gave several cases of over-voting occurring in ten of South Sudan’s 79 counties, using information available on SSRC’s website. Bor county was cited as one of the problem areas, where 720 votes over the number of registered voters were counted.
“The state high committee management wonders where have the AP obtained their data of 720…..?” Boloc said, adding that, “the statement is categorically false and baseless.”
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