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Referendum body holds maiden meeting, fails to fix voter registration date


September 15, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) on Wednesday finally held its first meeting and thrashed out issues related to the formats of voter registration forms, however, it failed to specify a date for the actual start of the laborious process of voter-registration.

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SSRC chief Ibrahim Khalil (ST)

SSRC is the body tasked with organizing the plebiscite on the independence of south Sudan, which could see Africa’s biggest country splitting in two. The exercise is the final stipulation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which in 2005 ended decades of civil war between north and south Sudan.

Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA, reported that the SSRC Wednesday held its first meeting in Khartoum and agreed on the format of voter registration forms and to print them abroad.

The commission’s operation is behind schedule due to squabbling between the National Congress Party in the north and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the south over the appointment of a secretary-general to the commission. But last month, the SPLM agreed to concede the post and the commission unanimously voted to nominate Ambassador Mohamed Osman Al-Nigoumi.

Also, president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir officially approved the appointment of Al-Nijoumi, who is a career diplomat who held several posts in the finance and diplomacy dockets.

He previously served as Sudan’s ambassador to Kuwait and the US as well as third secretary in the Sudanese embassy in Pakistan. He also worked with the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries from 1980 until 2008. The secretary-general is the top executive position in the commission and controls all the finances.

Following SSRC’s meeting, the newly appointed secretary general stated that the referendum commission had deliberated, and agreed on, all details of registration forms and decided to print them abroad.

However, Al-Nijoumi said that no decision had yet been made as to the country in which the forms would be printed or a specific date for the beginning of the registration process.

He further pointed out that the printing process would be supervised by the United Nations in collaboration with the government of Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan.

According to Al-Nijoumi, the registration forms would be finalized in four weeks time, a forecast which raises doubts on whether the commission will be able to start voter registration in October as it previously predicted.


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  • 16 September 2010 05:00, by Ajiech M. Chol

    The country must be chosen by the SPLM, but not the so called NCP due to the fact that they might dupicate voting slip in order to spoil referendum.

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    • 16 September 2010 17:27, by Ahmed Chol

      not fixing the voter registration date is an attempt to delay everything until the last minute just to give southerners limited so that they will be unprepared to vote in the referendum. The limited time that will given will be combined with lots of calculated tricks and traps that will make the whole process valueless. During the election, Kiir put his ballot in the wrong box. Actually this time it will not be Kiir alone.

      I have already lost hope for this referendum.

      Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III

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  • 16 September 2010 07:17, by Malou Manyiel

    If printing of registration forms is given 4 weeks, when will registration start? October should have not been mentioned as registration month if the date fixed is respected. Nothing should go beyond this month (October) if at all.

    What a game by NCP!!

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  • 16 September 2010 08:36, by M.Cool.J

    Dear readers,

    Something is going on somewhere.Kiswahili says mtoto ya nyoka ni nyoka.

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  • 16 September 2010 08:50, by okucu pa lotinokwan


    It is very clear now,the NIF/NCP party are buying time,but our referendum will take place as agreed in the CPA document no worry at all.The Arabs tactics is not any new thing to us,but i want to asure the NIF/NCP in Khartoum that the country is already divided whether they like it or not.
    Incase the registration started in late Oct,let us turn up in graet number for registration as well during the voting time to prove to the whole world that we are for separation.


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  • 16 September 2010 09:55, by Nhial Reath Thoan

    These Referendum voters Registration forms have to be printed abroad cause ,it seem like people in Africa specially (AU)is not following what the truth is . AU These days has been allying with the most African Dictator and defending them not to be taken before justice.

    Therefore, Iam Afraid if we are to print these papers in Africa our Northern Sudan Dictators brother with their enough money stolen from our oil ; may have reach where we agree on and bribe them and will be defend by Africa Union Tomorrow.

    It would be much better if we could print these papers in Europe even if they `d be expensive.

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    • 16 September 2010 15:57, by Samabo Tuolkuei

      Every contributor to me is right, I am like a man whose wife is lost that when many people suggest the quick ways to find the wife, he agree to all that; one say we light fire, other say to beat drum and so on). Also the fact remain that we Southerners stand strong for the referendum date not to be altered. North Sudan is infact very reach compared to South Sudan, hence our moto should not be change (Separation).

      I would also remind my dear brothers who are in Northern Sudan and those influenced not to be bought with our oil money. Also do not fear for separation because you will be in your own country and Arabs cannot manage to come drag you out of here, please vote carefully, for separation.

      Thanks you all for participation and commitment.



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