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October 27, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Conducting the referendum process during the remaining short period will be a complete miracle, said the head of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission today.

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Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil (Sudan TV)

Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil made the remarks following a meeting in the Sudanese capital Khartoum with the First Vice President Salva Kiir Mayadrit who is also the president of southern Sudan government.

"The time is very short. It will be a complete miracle to conduct the referendum in the short remaining period. However, I still believe that the miracle can happen," Khalil told reporters on Wednesday.

The head of referendum body stressed that the process is facing increasing obstacles and it would be absurd to inform Sudanese that the process is easy to conduct. Lack of financial resource and time are cited among these obstacles.

Salva Kiir who took part in a meeting of the Sudanese presidency on the post referendum outstanding issues and Abyei refused in an interview published on Tuesday by Al-Sudani daily newspaper any delay for the vote on southern Sudan independence.

"We, in the southern government say to all that the referendum will be conducted on the ninth day of January next year, and will not give up on this date, even if America or any other party so requests, will not give up," Kiir stressed.

Voter registration is scheduled to begin on November 14 and last for three weeks until December 24. Campaigning will begin on December 7, and the final voters’ list will be published on December 31.

Khalil underlined that there will be only five days since the publication of the final voter lists.

"This is a violation of the (Southern Sudan Referendum) Act," he said.

He further said they wrote to the Sudanese presidency highlighting this point and they are still waiting its decision.

Khalil had already met with President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to discuss this issue.

Salva Kiir disclosed in his interview that the National Congress Party has agreed to hold the referendum without the border demarcation, stressing that the NCP refused to perform it when he had asked for that before the national census and the elections.

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  • 28 October 2010 04:35, by Young Nation

    Well, the truth of the matter is that, the NCP should be blamed for the lack of time because its political elites have been playing a delay tactic in CPA implimentation since day one of CPA in 2005.

    So Mr. head of referendum, direct that blaming finger to NCP in particular and Northern Sudan in general. This has absolutely nothing to do with SPLM or South Sudan. Much time had been wastered by NCP’s lack of political will. However, the chicken has no come home for roast.

    Young Nation is BA student at UQ, Brisbane

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    • 28 October 2010 06:36, by mayom maboung marek

      I need that miracle to happen on time, waw elepant in the room this time, take care.

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    • 28 October 2010 07:32, by Anyang

      " Mircale to hold the referendum on time", the Southern Sudan presidency and its allies are optimistically determine to see the miracle happen nomatter what come on their way.To all this is wake up call guys.

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      • 28 October 2010 12:31, by Ahmed Chol

        That is why you and your party wants you to head the referendum. Stupid you are.
        SPLM/A are ready to make it on time regardless of your wild dreams. You underestimate how much hatred you spread in the land and that is good enough to tear that land apart now and in the future.

        Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III if the south joins the north.

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    • 28 October 2010 18:43, by Sudani Logik

      The referendum may not happen ontime simply due to funds and logistics within a given time frame, so all those calling for war should analyse the situation before foolishly commenting.

      Either way it will happen and southerners’ choice will be respected which is the main objective of southerners, referendum is not the target, its a tool of self determination which is the actual target. So if that tool needs to be sharpened or moulded to achieve the overall target, don’t rush to condem that!

      We all know that the political elite in Khartoum are behind the need for possible delay of the vote, but it would be unjust to stick to January 9th if it would mean that some southerners would be denied the right to determine their future due to lack of resource to prepare the ground for this historical event.

      WAR is never a good option, because we’ll all LOSE.

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    • 28 October 2010 21:28, by John M. Atem

      I have been always thinking of writing an article to examine the Post-war Naivasha Sudan policies. Indeed, when the internationally-acclaimed and hard-won 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in Naivasha Kenya, it was based on redemptive faith that the longest-running and bloody resources-draining political civil war never ever fought before in the history of contemporary Sudan has come to its successful conclusion. Neverthless, many bad things continue to happen.
      Many of us are wondering as to whether the Comprehensive Peace Agreement will stick or hold on together given the National Congress Party intransigent to fully implement that hard-earned and hard-won 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
      Indeed, many independent-thinking and broad-minded people were hoping that since Sudan has emerged out from 22 years of bloody resources-draining political civil war, leaders should have concentrated on how to rebuild and rejuvenate the country’s depressing inflation-wracked economic, physical infrastructures, schools and hospitals and returned the country back into the path of viable long-term economic growth, democratic governance, political stability and prosperity.
      Unfortunately, the government led by most villanious Hitler-and -stalin- like Omer Hassan al Bashir has miserably failed to change those policies.
      We were hoping that Sudan will pursue Zero-problem foreign policy, but they have continued to aggressively pursue war-like policies.
      So, folks, Omer Hassan el Bashir will not change his heart to let the people of Southern Sudan go. We must aggressively exerted more pressures on his regime.
      Indeed, many genius long-term thinking political pundits have said it many times that if Comprehensive Peace Agreement is fully implemented in both letter and spirit, it will changes the Sudan from being a dictatorial police state into inclusive democratic state whereby there is a due process of law, democratic governance, and financial transparency. But the National Congress Party has totally refused to implement it in both letter and spirit.
      Folks, in his final and last speech addressing the mamoth rally in Rumbek our late leader Dr. John Garang once posed this question," the challenge to Sudan now is to make the peace attractive, if the people is not made attractive, why should any Southerner vote himself or herself to become a second class citizen, instead of being a master in his or her own independent house?"
      So, the question the people of Southern Sudan should ask themselve in the Upcoming Self-determination Referendum is: Is the Peace made attractive?
      I think the answer to this question is emphatically no. The Peace has not been made attractive. Folks, for last six years, we have given the National Congress Party an ample amount of time to advance political reconciliation, improve governance, improve security, disarmed all militias and to enhance and improve the living standard of our ordinary people.
      But unfortunately, the National Congress Party has miserable failed to bring about much-needed changes in the lives of our people. So, the National Congress Party has nobody else to blame, but themselves should the people of Southern Sudan voted the separate way in the Upcoming Self-determination Referendum.
      Folks, recently die-hard elements of the National Congress Party have been running around like chicken with its head cut off preaching their fatalistc, wishful-thinking and destructive ideology of Somalization of Southern Sudan should we become an independent political state. This fatalistic and wishful-thinking ideology of Somalization of Southern Sudan is nothing more than a political smokescreen specifically designed to scare broad day out of you, the people of Southern Sudan and to make you look wickedly stupid. Folks, you have no reason to be scared. We, the people of Southern Sudan are more than ever before fully prepared to combat all these challenges and eventualities should they occur and are ready to comprehensively eradicate them.
      Folks, I have repeatedly said it many times before, but it too is worth repeating it, let us stop preaching down-market, diversionary and outdated primitve neolithic stone period politics that have reduced us into thelowest common denominator in the scale of contemporary human beings. Let us encourage, promote and emphasis our shared commonality and de-emphasis our long-standing political differences for the greater good of our peace-loving and liberty-seeking people of Southern Sudan.
      In conclusion, the law of the living and natural God revealed in the fullest beliefs that, "righteousness’ exalth a nation, while a sin is a disgrace to any people".
      Therefore, in this regard, I ardently urge the people of Southern Sudan to put their political differences aside and join hands together to build a strong, God-fearing, and more moralistic corruption-free commonwealth Christian nation-state of Southern Sudan based on our foundational Judaeo-Christian values and principles.
      Folks, let us not allow ourselves to be wickedly fooled this time by this degenerated and good-for-nothing scum of humanity Jallaba-Arabs. Indeed, our destiny is with in our reach and we have a choice whether to uphold it or to squander it. I hope we are going to uphold it for this generation or the next generation to come.
      May almighty God creator of Heaven and Earth bless the long-suffering, enslaved and liberty-seeking people of Southern Sudan and guided them into the promised land of freedom, liberty, equality, respect for humanity and social justice for all.
      The writer of this ground-breaking and cutting edge article is John Atem. He is a orphaned son of late jungle-martyred freedom fighter. He has completed Certificates in Agriculture, Peace Education, and Diploma in Criminal Justice.

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  • 28 October 2010 04:43, by Bol Bol

    Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, don’t you think delaying the referendum is a violation of the CPA itself?

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  • 28 October 2010 05:18, by Kok Achiek Ajith

    Wow! I don’t see such a thing Mr Ibrahim, there is no point of such argument here because the culprits to the delays of all whatever step that would have been taken were you the NCP but not the SPLM/A. So such miracle is well anticipated by all Southerners as Jesus Christ rise from the death after three days, so if you guys are doubting Thomases about the happening of the Referendum then it is upto you.

    SPLM/A Oyee
    New Sudan Oyee

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    • 28 October 2010 08:00, by Garang Ayang Kuoi

      It looks like the colors of war are appearing slowly but surely. Oh God save the people of Sudan. Let them conduct the referundom without making war to be the last resort. Refusal by some not to conduct referundom on time as scheduled will lead to serious violence and wrong choices, so God let referundom succeed; let it happen on time as scheduled, peacefully as the people wants it. South Sudan must stand firm, for it has always been on right side of freedom, but if we are obliged again this time, we will say to the whole world sorry, have no choice but defend ourselves. May God bless our people and give them the freedom they have wanted for more than half a centur.

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  • 28 October 2010 08:46, by Akuma

    Big is Big, we will see Who will own Southern Sudan resources after referendum.

    Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil is still sleeping, even though he is head of southern sudan referendum. Southerners has already what to be next year.
    So, you are just staying in that post but without hope southern sudan no longer your part of NCP Sudan.

    Anyway, global world are watching for your miracles to happen. continue performing your miracles to happen.

    Southern Sudan people were fighting you for 21 years alone but now since Darfur and eastern Sudan has problems with Bashir government.

    Dr. Akuma
    USA

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  • 28 October 2010 09:29, by Kili

    This is exactly what the NCP has been waiting for, play delaying games then eventually call for a delay in the referendum to may be February....March etc. SPLM should have seen this. The Chairman of SSRC is a mole of the intelligence services in the North that still has sway in the direction of politics in the North.
    To the people of the South, brace yourself for a delay at least 2 months....or else go for a faulty referendum that may lead to you loosing on the 60% threshold.
    But please do not declare a UDI becasue you risk not being recognized. Let the international community deal with the North if they delay the plesbicite. Dont play into their game plan of pushing you to the edge then you make an irrational decision then blame you for the resultant chaos.

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  • 28 October 2010 13:18, by oyeidit

    Be in a united Sudan after 9th, Jan, 2010 is also a miracle.
    Prepare for war in Khartoum this time.

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  • 28 October 2010 13:29, by Lion Son

    According to my own understanding, holding the referendum on time will be a miracle since there is enough time to end up the process before voting time come. Ibrahim must to build a confidence on holding a referendum on time rather than using useless that can interrupt the referendum time.

    My final word is, if Khartuom government delay the referendum then Southerners have their right to hold their own referendum since they had already scheduled their timetable. Go ahead Southern government, Southerners are ready for referendum.

    Big Lion

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  • 28 October 2010 14:25, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Look at Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, he is still saying his naive rhetorics all the time.

    Referendum MUST go ahead as planned.

    I wish you dead if it doesn’t happen!!!

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