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Polling generally peaceful all over South Sudan

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By James Gatdet Dak

April 14, 2010 (JUBA) – As polling for the first multi-party democratic elections in 24 years enters its fourth day, voters continue to peacefully cast their votes in Southern Sudan, contrary to the previous fears that violence might flare up during the exercise.

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A Sudanese woman casts her ballot at an outdoor polling station in the village of Dulab in Upper Nile state, April 12, 2010 (Reuters)

Frustrations by voters whose names are still missing or transported to wrong locations by officials of electoral commission, including some reports of intimidations and even arrests are still being talked about, but manageable complaints.

In Juba, the capital of the semi-autonomous region, voters affiliated to different political parties or supporters of independent candidates have been queuing to vote hand in hand and avoiding any situation that would incite violence.

Though many foreigners left the region for fear of elections-associated violence, those that have remained behind appreciated the calm during the exercise. “I couldn’t believe that the elections would reach its third day without the widely anticipated violence in the South. Despite the frustrations I hear about the irregularities all over, I do really appreciate the voters in Southern Sudan for overcoming the situation by avoiding any sort of violence,” said Felix, a Ugandan businessman in Juba.

Another businessman from northern Sudan stationed at Konyo-Konyo market in Juba said he, like his other colleagues, had been selling his items in the market as usual without any sign of fear, and appreciating the peaceful manner in which elections have been conducted.

The polling has been extended for two more days till Thursday, 15th April, giving hope to voters whose names continue to be missing that the issue would be corrected during these two more days.

Others throughout the region are forced to walk several hours after they are told that their names appeared in different stations far from the stations they previously registered in.

The incumbent President of the region, Salva Kiir Mayardit, in a meeting on Tuesday with the visiting AU Panel chairman and former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, said voters had to walk up to six hours to voting stations only to find that their names were not there. Then, he further explained, they had to walk other six hours back home, yet the determination to vote remains unaffected.

Officials in the region appeal to voters to maintain calm even after the announcement of the results.

Kiir in a press conference he conducted on his final day of campaign last Friday assured that if his party [SPLM] is elected to the Southern Sudan presidency, he would make sure that the next government will also be inclusive of other like-minded political parties in the South.

His statement of inclusiveness is widely welcome and may help in maintaining calmness in the region in after the results are announced.

“This is very wise decision by the SPLM chairman. If he wins the election he should actually include in the next cabinet leaders of the opposition parties in the South. This will make their supporters happy so that they don’t become desperate or active opposition,” said one supporter of United Democratic Front (UDF).

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  • 15 April 2010 03:13, by thieleling

    Dear South sudanese,

    Thanks as always, mr. James Gatdet Dak. We thank you for this excellent news feed.

    The problem is not during the election alone. The worst would be when the election results are announce next Tuesday. This post-election results is the dangerous part in south sudan.

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    • 15 April 2010 04:40, by murlescrewed

      Patriots and traitors,

      Of course we expect peaceful situation because that is generally the nature of Southern Sudanese who are generally law abiding and have higher cultural attachment to peaceful resolution of any situation. That however cannot be said of some elements in Nuer tribe who continue sow seeds of sedition and treason. We are watching you.

      Like it is said, someone who never paid the ultimate price for something valuable like CPA is always lurking in the corner to tear it down. They will pay dearly should this happen.

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      • 15 April 2010 06:58, by Gatwech

        Thieleling,

        Your concern is guinine because it is not the voting that determines peacefulness of elections but the results.

        I believe that Kiir/Machar alliance will help alot in maintaining calm in the region because the other unionist minorities in their camp of Murlescrewed, SPLA, Dinka Boy, Dinka Dominated SPLA are crying wolf over their failure to divide Kiir and Machar.

        They are now resorting to being in opposition led by Pagan Amum and Yasser Arman.

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        • 15 April 2010 20:09, by thieleling

          Gatwech,

          Thanks. The south sudanese appreciate Dr. Riek Machar’s strategic thinking. Yes, Dr. Riek and Kiir need to collectively continue leading with strategic leadership.

          They also need to pay close attention to Arman/pagan’s anti-Democratic Transformation of Sudan and Self-Determination for the people of Southern Sudan. The two orphaned communist-unionist die-hearts need to be purged along with their Abyei divisive camp(Luka Biong, Deng Alor..etc) in the new GOSS. Otherwise, they are the enemies in our midst.

          Their interest is against south sudan unity. As Dr. Riek correctly said, " boycotting elections by Northern Sector would create internal bad relations within the SPLM and also with the NCP". The SPLM and the new Goss need to be very careful and listen to that wise advise.

          The unionists in the person of Arman were the one dividing south sudanese during the 2008 SPLM Convention in Juba fueled by few tribal ideologues & political idiots in the south sudan leadership. So, tribalism in the south is the unioinists’ triumph card to keep south divisive.

          This is why Luka Biong Deng plays tribal card in GOSS to further ignite divisive leadership among south sudanese while he has nothing to lose at he end of the day. Kiir/Dr. Riek needs to watch out for people like tribal idiot Luka Biong, besides Aram/Pagan "clever tactics" of divisions.

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    • 15 April 2010 05:49, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      You must be gatwech who always register in many different names.

      In DINKA culture. if you eat alots? they a buse you don’t eat like nuer.

      If you are so stupid? they tell you do not be stupid like nuer.

      if you fight for no reason? the talk to you not to fight like nuer who don’t know the right and wrong.

      If you are greedy? they will tell you that donot be greedy like nuer.

      If you are collaborate they a buse you donot be like nuer. and many more.

      In this case it came to my mind that the DINKAS HAD ALREADY study nuer very well indeed becaused whan i see nuer people. they are like leaves of trees which can go with any win below to any directions and that is gatwch tot yual is doing now he keep changing sids to bashir and to Kiir to risk machar teny dogz and lom akol.

      this is no samething new to me it has being there befor.

      becaused it said that the lion can give birth to lion, DINKA CAN GIVE BIRTH TO DINKA, nuer can give birth to nuer, nyagat can give birth to nyagat, whor can give birth to whor

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      • 15 April 2010 06:21, by Gatmi raan

        Dinka Demorilized(whatever)

        I would advised you ti go to You tube: and check one of the video titled ’’Dinka’ What you would find is are Dinka are eating theselves to death.. and they do it as a ’Sport’’....its Disgusting!!!!!!!!!

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      • 15 April 2010 06:27, by Kim Deng

        Coward Jaang/Slaves,

        The more the Mighty Nuer Warriors attack the more the coward Jaang/Slaves withdraw and the more their group alignments are disturbed, the more they turn to the Masters of the Fishing Spear as the focus of mystical unity which they could not achieve politically and a working coordination which they are unable to maintain by permanent descent based structures.

        There are some few Orphans whose parents almost all eliminated during Mighty Nuer Warriors assaults toward Mading Bor and the surrounding villages in 1991. These confused Orphans have no other option, but to insult Nuer community or calling names as much as they could perhaps they can feel better.

        The Mighty Nuer Warriors who enslaved coward Jaang/Slaves in 1800s did not only burn down Duk Padiet, Panygoor, Kongoor, Twic East, Mading Bor, but brought back many young girls and boys as captives let alone countless cattle. And the burning question is when will these coward Jaang/Slaves claim back their kins who were enslaved by Nuer Warriors since 1800s?

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    • 16 April 2010 15:09, by mack waweru

      Yes. Thieling,

      James Gatdet Dak is the only journalist I trust in southern Sudan. Whatever he reports is credible and unbiased. He is a professional and reliable journalist and I see him as an instrument of change,symbol or a model person in this profession.I hope other journalists benefit from his expereince.

      God bless him

      Mack Awer

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  • 15 April 2010 03:38, by Time1

    ..... "previous fears that violence might flare up"

    How many times has south sudan proved its ill wishers, prophets of doom and enemies wrong? after this elections we want to see GOSS take full control, more improvement on security, infrastructure, economy, jobs and employment, time to tie screw on foreign investors and organisations on how they operate, their legal status, and how they employ, pay and benefit the country, we want to see Sudanese take control and manage the countris affairs fully.

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  • 15 April 2010 05:33, by babadit

    This Election had been actually peaceful in one way or the other but in some areas there has been some small violence mostly in those state with independence candidates runing for governorship positions.

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    • 15 April 2010 06:39, by mohammed ali

      Marvelous, indeed that is great.The most important thing is that peace had prevailed, something we should be happy with and proud of; with or without secession.

      We have to remember that this election covered ALL over south Sudan for the FIRST time since independece.Therefore it should be a big step forward to beld a healthy, peacful and prosporous community!

      Let us be happy with this tremendous achievement by a good example and united against war,hatred, division,racism and tribalism.

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  • 15 April 2010 07:00, by Gatwech

    Thieleling,

    Your concern is guinine because it is not the voting that determines peacefulness of elections but the results.

    I believe that Kiir/Machar alliance will help alot in maintaining calm in the region because the other unionist minorities in their camp of Murlescrewed, SPLA, Dinka Boy, Dinka Dominated SPLA are crying wolf over their failure to divide Kiir and Machar.

    They are now resorting to being in opposition led by Pagan Amum and Yasser Arman.

    repondre message

    • 15 April 2010 19:48, by thieleling

      Gatwech,

      Thanks. The south sudanese appreciate Dr. Riek Machar’s strategic thinking. Yes, Dr. Riek and Kiir need to collectively continue leading with strategic leadership.

      They also need to pay close attention to Arman/pagan’s anti-Democratic Transformation of Sudan and Self-Determination for the people of Southern Sudan. The two orphaned communist-unionist die-hearts need to be purged along with their Abyei divisive camp(Luka Biong, Deng Alor..etc) in the new GOSS. Otherwise, they are the enemies in our midst.

      Their interest is against south sudan unity. As Dr. Riek correctly said, " boycotting elections by Northern Sector would create internal bad relations within the SPLM and also with the NCP". The SPLM and the new Goss need to be very careful and listen to that wise advise.

      The unionists in the person of Arman were the one dividing south sudanese during the 2008 SPLM Convention in Juba fueled by few tribal ideologues & political idiots in the south sudan leadership. So, tribalism in the south is the unioinists’ triumph card to keep south divisive.

      This is why Luka Biong Deng plays tribal card in GOSS to further ignite divisive leadership among south sudanese while he has nothing to lose at he end of the day. Kiir/Dr. Riek needs to watch out for people like tribal idiot Luka Biong, besides Aram/Pagan "clever tactics" of divisions.

      repondre message

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