September 2, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The two peace partners made today some progress on contentious issues over the referendum bill. However they postponed their difference on who would participate and the needed quorums for the referendum.
- Ali Osman Taha and Riek Machar in a private meeting on Monday August 31 (photo Miyong G. Kuon)
Delegations from the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement on Wednesday agreed on six of the nine points on the agenda of negotiation on the referenda law.
The meetings co chaired by Sudanese Vice-President Mr. Ali Osman Taha and Southern Sudan government Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar, will resume talks on September 7.
The Joint Executive Political Committee, on its third day of talks, agreed on the referendum commission which shall comprise 9 members, monitoring and referendum observers, referendum security, Voters’ registrations, voting System and voters eligibility-meaning. Further the NCP has accepted the definition of the voters as "People of Southern Sudan."
The two parties agreed to follow in the next meeting talks on the remaining hot issues pertaining to the area of the referendum, the percentages for the separation or the unity and the attributions of the Referendum Commission in Khartoum and its branch in Juba.
Accordingly, the two peace partners still disagree over the participation of southerners who reside other parts of the countries outside the 10 southern Sudan states. Actually the NCP want to extend it to the northern Sudan while the SPLM wants to limit it to the residents of southern Sudan only.
The southern Sudan ruling party says also it would allow the southerners who reside in northern Sudan to cast their ballots in southern Sudan.