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Khartoum to host South Sudan Referendum Commission

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By James Gatdet Dak

June 21, 2009 (JUBA) — Sudan’s federal capital, Khartoum, is agreed by the two parties to the 2005’s peace deal to be the seat of the would-be established commission for Southern Sudan referendum.

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The Joint High Executive Political Committee between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has been discussing, in Khartoum, the draft law which shall regulate the conduct of referendum in Southern Sudan due to take place in 2011.

The main issues being discussed include the seat of the Referendum Commission, its chairmanship, composition of the Commission, voter definition and qualification and voting centers.

The Acting Spokesperson and Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Madut Biar, said the Council of Ministers meeting, chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, was briefed on the referendum law debates on Friday by the Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, who chairs the component of the SPLM Joint Committee.

Machar co-chairs the Joint Committee with Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, Vice President of the Republic of Sudan.

Biar said the Vice President briefed the cabinet on the status of discussions on referenda bills for Southern Sudan and Abyei as well as popular consultations bills for Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile.

Biar further added that the SPLM committee also discussed the North-South border demarcation process and the need to implement the two-window system of the Bank of Sudan - Islamic and Conventional windows for North and South, respectively.

On the Southern Sudan referendum bill the two parties had reached an agreement or re-affirmed that the Commission should be based in Khartoum.

The SPLM’s committee had initially proposed that the seat of the referendum commission should be based in Juba, but the NCP rejected the proposal, saying it would amount to renegotiation of the peace deal, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The CPA stipulates that the seat of the Southern Sudan referendum commission shall be based in Khartoum.

However, the SPLM’s committee had also proposed that the result of the votes on the referendum would be announced in Juba, not in Khartoum.

The two parties have also agreed on the composition of membership of the referendum commission to be nine in number including its chair.

Other pending issues such as chairmanship, voter definition and voting centers are yet to be agreed upon.

The SPLM’s position on the post-referendum arrangements, proposed by the NCP as part of the bill, is to discuss them in a different forum outside of referendum bill.

These post-referendum arrangements include what to do with the national assets, liabilities, currency, waters, Joint Integrated Units (JIUs), oil (its production, transportation and export) and international agreements.

Concurrent discussions by Machar’s legal team that includes the Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, Michael Makuei Lueth, have been going on also for Abyei referendum bill and popular consultations bills for Southern Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains, respectively.

Biar also added that the Vice President informed the cabinet that the NCP was still dragging its feet on implementation of the two-window system for the Bank of Sudan; one for Islamic North and the other for Conventional South.

On the North-South border demarcation, he said the SPLM was pushing the joint demarcation committee to finish the process by July so that it submits the final report to the Presidency by September as scheduled.

Draft bills finalized at the parties’ Joint Committee level pass through the Council of Ministers in Khartoum for approval before they are presented to the National Assembly for deliberations and possible amendments and final endorsements before the President signs them into laws.

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  • 22 June 2009 05:59, by Kur

    The discussion of post referendum issues is reddiculous. Any talk about the things to come should be left for the government of an idependent South Sudan because we will not honour nonsense that has been agreed upon under the current circustances. The time now is for referendum not oil concessions. These include international agreements which were made under the corrupt policies of Khartoum.

    Why is it important that the seat of the referendum commission is based in Khartoum? Do they want to bribe the members of the commission? Who cares? nothing is going to change the way we want to vote.

    Kur

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    • 22 June 2009 07:22, by Ngolele

      You are soba correct Kur, these terrorist( NCP) they have tempered with everything in this agreement( CPA) starting from wealth and power sharing through election, and now they are entering deep to diminish our last hope(referendum) but I want to say NOWAY this time if it means by bullet or ballot south sudan MUST go, this is a crucial time for us to unit as southerners. LONG live SS.

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      • 22 June 2009 09:15, by Frankly

        Bullets have been proved indigesible and unsustaining; the Sudanese people deserve a new diet.

        Trust is a different kind of food that takes a lot of preparation. It is best stirred with love of God (however one views Him).

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      • 22 June 2009 10:14, by Sala Gai

        Dear Southern

        The agreement of 1972 in ADIS ABABA has reach again to Southern, why did I say so, people agree on referendum seats and the commission to base in Khartoum North to lose the right of Southern.

        there will no more votes of southern as we have see during the census result that done in Khartuom north. the same the thing occur us again.

        Let forget young who suppering and for our war against Khartuom Government to fight them as young

        there will no progress of separation to Southern forget about separation and take unity as aim of the Sudan.

        Kiir think hard and hard people are going back to war.

        Young yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

        By Salah Gai De mabior

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      • 22 June 2009 22:34, by James

        Dear Southerners,
        Referendum is the only time where ever southerner voices will be heard, why should we let our only power be taken away from us? taking to Khartuom our only given power in which the fate of Southern Sudan hang, is like Letting the Northern wipe their asses with our vote so that Southern smell the out came of the final result. If we in the South can never learn from the past, than we will never get away from the smell of their asses. I bet if the smell become the habit of the South, then there will come a time when shit become our only food.

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    • 22 June 2009 22:59, by Kun P. Kun

      I am strongly disagree on our Party position for making the Referendum Commissioner Headquarter Office to be located in Khartoum. Placing the Office in Khartoum will bring problems during/after the votes. The SPLM needs not to repeated what it has done during the National Census period.

      There are alot of things, which can bring matter for situating the Commissioner office in Khartoum folks. The SPLM needs to look into it if it’s necessary by agreeing on that issue. By giving an example, the Jallaba can use some techniques by dimolishing the office itself before the ballets are count yet. They can even attempt to cast some ballet boxes away and nobody will do anything about it.

      In different note, the NCP wants the entire country to vote on Southerners session. I hope the SPLM will not be soft on this issue; otherwise, we can just forget about South Sudan independent after 2011. Furthermore, they (NCP representatives) wants to have more committees than what SPLM proposed already. These are the things that will derail our chance to have freedom.

      There are alot of things, which can bring matter for situating the Commissioner office Khartoum folks. The SPLM needs to look into in if it’s necessary by agreeing on those issues referendum. We are not kids and uneducated people. Therefore, we can sensed it all coming before it’s too late for us to react.

      I rest my case here people!

      Kun P. Kun

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  • 22 June 2009 10:39, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    In Broad Light, we were cheated in Census Result and for sure we will be cheated again in our Right i.e (Referendum).
    They have started with Commission Seat, commission Regulations and Members of Commission. This, if Ali Osman is involve in that commission Body then Southerners are already cheated.
    As far as i know, no one in South Sudan can compete with Ali Osman in Political Tricks. Dr.Garang was, but Ali Osman seeing that Dr.Garang was as strong in Political tricks as he is, another way was use to cease his present.

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    • 22 June 2009 14:19, by tayeb M. Alhassan

      Dear Frankly,

      May I borrow this sentence of yours in reply to friend Hillary B.M.L, M (Trust is a different kind of food that takes a lot of preparation) and what a hard process.

      We confidently say that, cheating time and political cleverness to fool others of home country mates has gone forever. It is a sole responsibility of all Sudanese people to make the best choice in the up coming elections to put the country on the right track before 2011 elections which is a sole responsibility of the Southerners to make the best choice for themselves and no one has the right to deny whatever they decide. We are on the time of high political awareness to celebrate peace, share the newly god bestowed wealth of oil, agriculture, industry, livestock and other rich natural resources that our country has. We have been loosing a lot because of war and I think it is time to gain a lot in this time of peace.

      We just need to reconstruct th blown up bridges of trust.

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      • 22 June 2009 15:00, by Hillary B.M.L,M

        Go there, i was born in Sudan Studied in Sudan, i know whom are you, Arabs. your sweet word can’t convene me.
        We did discuss with your Sons in political Faroums, they are exactly like you.

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  • 22 June 2009 11:18, by Simon Maguor

    The National Islamic Front (Camouflaged to the National Congress Party) is a combination of guessing foxes; look at how they twist everything!
    There is no problem as our leadership is very active; when they hit below the belt, let’s tell them to reform or else at last resort we can also do so. Our only HOPE as South Sudanese people is the referendum in 2011. Cheating us again will take us to the first square (liberation war) with bitter though unregrettable loss of lives. The heroes and heroines that laid down their lives for our freedom sake MUST never be betrayed.
    Though it costs us whatever expense, we should stand for our liberty. Those who betray us at hard times are not well integrated into our society either because of their own fear of guilt due to successive mistakes (ie those addicted to commiting crimes against South Sudan) or by bribery.
    The most Important of all the CPA protocols are the border demarcation and the 2011 Referendum. Some elements within South Sudan geared by the NCP have misfired the term ’Referendum’. They think that is just an event without any program or line of operation to reach it; very wrong! There is a logical series of events that will drive us to that cross border; these include border demarcation which is technical and requires the use of manpower (arms) when necessary, the seat and requirements in the voting exercise.
    The SPLM is the only political and fostering father of the CPA, which is inturn the father of referendum and self determination. Above all political and selfish affiliations, let’s unite as southerners so that we can pass through thick thorny road with a united heart, self sacrifice and commitment for the brightness of our future. What all of us can best do is to support the SPLM so that it leads us to the promised land by our fallen martyr, Dr. John Garang De Mabior, the New Sudan which is a Sudan United or fragmented by the voluntary free will of the Sudanese people.
    Or else, if unity has become ugly as it is now, then separation offers the best solution. If in a United Sudan (present Sudan) there are those who call themselves the first class citizens and others second class citzens then, the so-called second class citizens will have to be in a Sudan that offers them the first status.

    God Bless You (us) all.

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    • 22 June 2009 13:42, by emmanuel adol

      ooooh we are gone, if head quarters is going to be basing in khartoum then let us forget about self determination and get prepared for another revolution.

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    • 22 June 2009 13:44, by emmanuel adol

      ooooh we are gone, if head quarters is going to be basing in khartoum then let us forget about self determination and get prepared for another revolution.

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  • 22 June 2009 13:26, by Moses Kur Akech

    I think the counting of the votes should take place in Juba, the South in present of delegates from North, South and International Community.

    Such idea would have helped the skeptic South in the last census had SPLM pushed for Southerners’s votes to be counted in Juba and sent the total number to Khartoum for ultimate national census result. This would have prevented any suspected votes rigging or manipulation by the Khartoum regime.

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    • 22 June 2009 15:35, by wkuanyin

      No NO NO NO and big no .Why North want to cheat South all the time. recently was census results Now the so called hosting of South Sudan Referendum commisision .What about Juba? Leave it to us.

      Big Nation oyeei ( South Sudan )

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      • 22 June 2009 16:02, by Dr.Dog dr.dogface13@yahoo.com

        Dear Southerns,
        It is really too much now.The Arabs are trying to use every opportunity here and there to win the southerns in all aspects.Census results in their favour,the coming 2010 elections will for sure be in there favour and now they have laiding strong foundation for the 2011 Referendum.Where is the future of the southern Sudan to be.I will strong argue our political leaders to strongly stand that some of the key areas in the CPA should be implemented in Juba so that the southerns should have the lasting peace.
        Southerns if you want to be the friend of Arabs and in unity with them.I will advice you only to look for death Arabs who will be your good friend.Any arab that is a life is destrous to us the Black southerns.
        Leaders of Southern Sudan wake up now it is getting too late.
        Dr.Agnes Dog Face Abukalam

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        • 22 June 2009 23:29, by Aduol Liet

          Salve Kiir Manyardit, DR, Riek Machar Teny and many more Southern Sudanese in the SPLM/SPLA.May I would like to you one thing here. Do you see Omar al Bashir’s activities he is doing now? or do you real understand what Khartoum government are trying to do nor say? what does it mean to you all when Khartoum government are saying the commision for Southern Sudan referendum of 2011 will be base in Kartoum? Can any one in Southern Sudanese people rethink back carefully about another Addis Ababa peace agreement as a way this Northern led by Arab always does to us. To those I have name on the above please don’t let Southern Sudanese people down again. I think enough is enough basically, we can not afford another fool come up from Khartoum government. Why do we need commission to be base in Khartoum for what reason? Do you all forget that, Khartoum government is buying our people every single day and night and that why DR, Lam Akol came up with another name as SPLM bribery for change instead of telling Omar Hassan al Bashir frankly speaking that, I don’t need your money, I just need my freedom and freedom for my people who have been suffering for long period of times.

          For DR, Riek Machar Teny, Omar Hassan al Bashir had already fool you at that time, on the fake peace agreement he made however, this time you must be carful from every step you are doing with them. You and Salve Kiir must work very hard to make that freedom happan to those suffered in many decades. The minds of Northern led by Arab in Khartoum government, they thinks like they will back us again by any mean unfortunately it will not going to happan. Please don’t let Omar Hassan al Bashir and some Southern bribery fool you in the Southern Sudan, because there is nothing new in Khartoum, everythings is same as we moved a way in 1983. Look the title for the Sudan government is a military dictatorship system. The Sharia Law of Isimic still there I mean nothing new in Khartoum government again why do we need the commission to be base in Khartoum and the peace agreement was not signed in Khartoum. We need you to be very smarter and braver because the freedom mean these words and it is not easy however, the SPLM/SPLA are too close to get it if your heart feel strong why not doing it. I want you to think very wisely that, there is no government system in Sudan since in 1956 and then,you can judge in your own perscpective why Omar Hassan al Bashir had refusal even to step down that mean he is ruling the Sudan nation by force as he came up through that way.

          Aduol Liet.

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          • 23 June 2009 03:00, by Jur_likang a likan’g

            I am afraid we are driving our political car in the same avenue that led us to pre-war time. Very soon history is going to repeat itself. I only wished Dr Garang had not died. The reverse would have been the case. This also is pointing a finger to who Garang killers are.

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            • 23 June 2009 20:23, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

              When will our leaders gonna understands this political fouls by Arabs here in Sudan?.CPA is not something special that would be uses to let Arabs get their political success over Southerners!!!.

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  • 23 June 2009 21:56, by CK Charlie

    Hey Brothers, don’t worry about Khartoum being the seat! Actually that is the best place for the final farewell bye bye handshake with Northern Sudan! We will not want another colateral damage in the South. Let us fight in Khartoum this time. Since we have long time ago concluded, that unity is USELESS, the outcomes is irrelevant.It is already known to Jalaaba that whatever the result of the referundum vote, the South has decided to go once and for all! So by choosing Khartoum, they have picked up the boomerang sticks, and are about to hit themselves. Whatever, the outcome of the vote, we will do the last fight in Khartoum itself before we go back to Independent South Sudan. It will be a beautifull fight, because the Mundukuraat can not use their jet fighters in Khartoum, due to collateral damage being divided equally on the two groups of "shaab" - jalaaba & junubi. Their military can not use their tanks, because we will be amongst them in the city. Tanks are NOT effective in urban warfare anyway. I love this choice of Khartoum, because it puts Jalaaba into a bad insecure position, if things go sour in the last minute of counting of the referudom votes - they will not be able to use the big Chinese Weapons in the city! There will be no military war this last time. It will be between Shaab El Sudani themselves. Shaab el Junubi are very skilled in war, snatching arms from the weak northerners, and such. We will whip their assses, real good. Juba, and the South will be safe after this final war, and Khartoum will be like present-day Bagdad, I assure you Brothers! Remember how they captured a police headquartes in 2005, in Juba and Khartoum? Yep, by choosing Khartoum to be the seat, Jalaaba has tightened his own hang-noose onto his own neck! "Ohm dagassu ke yajamaa!"Just waite, we will see, whose blood is the reddest this time around! The choice of Khartoum to be the seat for the Final Referundum Decision, completes all NgunDeng Bong’s Professy Counts. The emmergence of The True Black State of Cush, will be short and swift, and to the point. So Brothers, just calm down, and be preparing to go to Khartoum for the Last Payback from our own oil money. Take it all!

    Ahahahahaha! The Jalaaba have bitten more than they can chew this time.

    They are connered with there hands tied behind their backs this time! Do we know how big the Junubi Population is in Khartoum - 3 million! That is enough to whip all the Jalaaba Assses including Egyptians, i.e in urban warfare setting of course! They will pay dearly this time, because even the illiterate Junubi kids know Khartoum was built on our blood, sweat, and oil. They cannot get aways with rigging the Referudom Vote Noway!!! I am going to Khartoum this summer, and rob me an SUV, and a Chinese Jet Fighter bought with my own oil dollars. Peace & War!

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    • 9 June 2010 12:50, by Malou Luiny Joseph

      Khartoum not always a good host in things that have to do with the southerners. The Idea of southerners self-determination was a result of continuous conflict in the country that took decades. This has made the whole world come up with a solution of bringing the leaders together so as to end the unending crisis in the country. This peace was negotiated by the Sudanese themselves and some articles were stated and were to be ironed out in the interim period.People should have learned from those articles and in the way the Khartoum was moving back from the agreement and pretended not to have accepted or contributed to the discussion during the negotiations.
      They are very colourful and they can change anytime. Leave it to them to host it, and lets be prepared to go back to war.

      I would like to ask all the southerners to SUPPORT the LOGO and "UNITY IS NOT ATTRACTIVE ANYMORE".

      DIVIDE the country into Two " is a moto we shall all put our support in.
      If we all have to look bacck in history and see whatever live we lived in the past and compare it with the rest of the other independent countries, we shall realize that the country ( south Sudan) has reallly been left about a thousand miles away from the world development. All these have been caused by the so called UNITY as priority. Unity is good but once the roots of unity are abused and the ground that makes firm the roots of unity is dug and the roots remain uncovered , then unity itself remains only a word without actions and we come back to say that actions speak louder than words.
      If we cannot realize that our unity is rootless or is not ATTRACTIVE, then we do not really know where we are moving to and that we are always trying to fight for something we may not be in a position to achieve.
      All must embrace unity not because seperation is very attractive in itself but because the UNITY that has all along been preached and experienced has never been showing the best face of atrractive unity in the southern part of Sudan. South Sudan since the interception of peace, has been struggling a struggle of a crawling child to get its’ share in the national government. How cana one make a struggle to be served by a mother or a father on his own right? As people try to go out now to campaign and tell people to vote for unity, they must first of all forget about stolen money and national resources which have all along been exploited by the " ATTRACTIVE UNITY SUPPORTERS." Here I do not want to mention the northern governement but do we have to know?

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