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South Sudan Referendum body says preliminary results in favor of secession


January 19, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The authority in charge of south Sudan referendum on independence has announced that the majority of votes counted so far inside Sudan and in the Diaspora have favored the option of secession from the north.

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SSRC Chairperson Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil (SUNA website)

In contrast, the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) has also announced that votes for unity in South Darfur State have outnumbered votes for secession.

Nearly four million registered voters of the semi-autonomous region of south Sudan went to the polls on 9 January and casted their ballots to choose between remaining united with north Sudan or seceding to form an independent state.

The polls closed on 15 January amid reports of high turnout in the south and a notably low one in the north. A turnout of 60% registered voters is required to validate the result while the simple majority of 50% plus 1 will determine the outcome.

Suuad Ibrahim Issa, SSRC’s official spokeswoman, on Wednesday told Sudan’s official news agency SUNA that only 69, 597 voters out of 116,857 registered voters had participated in the referendum in north Sudan’s states. She went on to say that 27,918 of them voted for unity (41.11%) while 38,003 voted for secession (%54.60).

But according to the commission’s spokeswoman, votes for unity have preponderated in South Darfur State. The state is the runner-up to Khartoum State in terms of the number of registered voters in northern states with 20, 165 registrants, according to the commission’s website.

Suad said that 59.43% of registered voters in south Darfur voted for unity whereas 34.59% opted for secession.

South Darfur State shares borders with Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal states in south Sudan.

Furth more, the spokeswoman announced that 58,203 voters in the Diaspora out of the 60,219 who registered had overwhelmingly opted for secession, breaking down the figures as 57, 048 (98.02%) votes for secession and only 841 votes.

The referendum was also conducted in eight Out-of-Country Voting (OCV) locations, including Uganda, Kenya, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda, the UK and the US.

Official preliminary results of the referendum are due to be announced in early February and final results will be announced on 14 February, according to SSRC timetable.

In a similar vein, the higher referendum commission in Western Bahr el Ghazal state on Wednesday announced that preliminary results show that 95% of registrants had voted for secession while the rest of the votes are divided between unity, invalid and unmarked ballots.

South Sudan referendum is a key plank of a 2005’s peace deal that ended nearly half a century of intermittent civil wars between the predominantly Muslim-Arab north and the south where most people ascribe to Christianity or traditional beliefs and identify themselves as Africans.


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  • 20 January 2011 06:18, by Gatwech

    Dear readers,

    Votes for unity in South Darfur is even less than a drop of water in the ocean. And of course it is the only northern state that has voted for unity. The rest of 14 states in the north including Khartoum have voted for secession. But that is all nothing.

    The 3.7 million votes in the South will determine the final outcome. I predict that the overall result of votes in favor of secession will be more than 97%.

    Wow, the turnout was 98% (against 60% threshhold) and the votes for secession may be above 98% (against 50%+1 outcome).

    The South has spoken loud and clear. It has wanted separation from the north. I hope lost visionaries on the so-called united new (socialist) or secular Sudan will shut up and join the one hand for good.

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    • 20 January 2011 07:01, by DOOR

      Thanks Gatwech,

      You said it all i couldn’t add any further.
      Certainly we are on the verge of achieving our independent.
      What remains is our unity and determination in making independent a fruitful outcome.
      With God’s help we shall reach there.

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    • 20 January 2011 07:42, by Kolnyang youth

      What is wrong with dafurians ?they were very people who ,fought us during liberation war of South Sudan please dafur region do not let ARABS used as their tool for blocking the right of Southerners .moreover you are doing that want arabs have killed more 3milion in dafur region why do you defend want event are calling you slaves .

      Sorry for dafurians who register and vote for unity it not effect the result of separation because most of the people in South and abroad have vote for separation so 97% is already deserved .


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  • 20 January 2011 07:56, by zol aweer

    The preliminary result shows courageous move towards successful emerging of new state.However Southern Sudanese should back up Abyei,Blue Nile and Nuba Mts to get their right as well to makes the vision of the Splm/A attractive to the marginalized areas.
    We are almost there !!!

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