November 7, 2009 (PARIS) – The government of South Sudan (GoSS) Presidential advisor for Gender and Human Rights Rebecca Nyandeng De-Mabior urged the people of South Sudan to register for voting amid low turnout throughout the country.
- Rebecca Garang
In an interview with Larco Lomayat, Information Officer GOSS Mission, in Washington, De-Mabior said that “It is very important for us as South Sudanese to turn out in big numbers and register for the elections”.
“The registration is very important because it is pregnant with three things specially when the population of South Sudan was reduced in the fifth population census, we need to come out and register; we need to prove to the people of the Sudan and the world that the people of South Sudan is not only eight and half million, we are more than that” she said.
“The second reason why we need to register in big numbers is because this registration will determine our fate at the referendum. The third reason why we need to turn out in big number and register is for service delivery especially when it comes to wealth sharing” De-Mabior added.
This week, the GoSS president Salva Kiir has issued a presidential order declaring seven days of public holiday throughout the region in order to enable government officials to participate in the mobilization for voter registration.
The registration for the Sudan’s upcoming April 2010 general elections began on November 1 and scheduled to end on November 30 all over the country and in some other selected countries around the world.
Southern Sudan is hit by very low voter registration turnout as the region prepares for its first post-war general elections due in six months.
Officials say some of the registration centers in the region have remained almost empty for the last one week while others with the maximum of less than a hundred voters to register per day.
Responding to the situation, the regional government’s cabinet on Friday resolved to request for 30 more days of the registration period to try to mobilize and register a good number of voters.