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November 21, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in north Sudan has submitted a complaint to the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) against what it termed as irregularities and anomalies marring the ongoing registration of voters for south Sudan’s upcoming referendum on independence.

The entrance of a registration center of South Sudan's independence referendum in Wau town of Baher Al Gazal State in South Sudan November 20, 2010 (Reuters) Voter-registration for the politically sensitive plebiscite on south Sudan’s full independence from the north commenced domestically and in eight countries abroad on November 15 amid reports of high-turnout in the south and low in the north.

The registration is due to end on December 1, only five weeks before the start of the actual vote on 1 January 2011.

Sudan’s official news agency SUNA reported on Sunday that the NCP had submitted a memorandum to the SSRC, which oversees the exercise, against “several irregularities occurring inside and outside registration centers.”

Those include, according to the text of the memo, blocking people with mixed south-north parents from registering, delaying registration procedures, early closure of registration centers and the existence of registration officials who are less than 40 years old.

The NCP urged the commission to redress those "irregularities," saying they constitute a breach of several articles in the Referendum Act.

North and south Sudan have been trading accusations of intimidating voters in order to influence the outcome of the vote.

Atim Garang, a senior member of the south’s ruling party SPLM, told a news conference in the capital Khartoum on Saturday that southerners were facing an intimidation campaign to vote for unity.

He accused NCP affiliates of gathering phone numbers of southerners who registered as voters in order to force them to vote for unity.

On the other hand, the NCP’s senior figure Mandur al-Mahdi told AFP that the SPLM was discouraging southerners in the north from registering because it fears they would vote for unity.

The NCP threatened on Sunday not to recognize the outcome of the referendum, saying that violations committed by the SPLM are undermining the credibility of the process.

The ethnically distinct north and south Sudan fought decades of civil war which ended in 2005 with the signing of a peace deal known as the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The referendum on south Sudan’s self-determination is the final phase of the CPA.

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  • 22 November 2010 03:37, by Covert

    The NCP don’t like the notion that South is breaking away from the north in the first place; they’ll say anything to cry fault against anything the referendum commission does no matter what.

    They have the right to say anything, but they don’t have the right to twist anyone will to go the way they favored.

    Even if they have, the ways and techniques to change Juba’s mind are now beyond NCP pay grade.

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    • 22 November 2010 04:07, by Ahmed Chol

      Arabs in the north never saw this splitting of the country coming when they mistreated Southerners in Sudan for the last 50 years. They think that there are ways to avert this referendum but it too late, the alternatives will be disastrous for the north, referendum is the only full mean to avoid all those civil wars looming on the horizon. Unity guarantees those wars in the future, and referendum eliminate them.

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

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      • 22 November 2010 13:34, by Gatwech

        Dear readers,

        It very wrong to give unsubstantiated figure of 5 million southerners eligible to register?

        How do the editors come up with such wrong figure which has no source?

        How can one estimate eligibility of unregistered voter before he or she registers? And how can you determine how many will be registered when you don’t know yet how many of them will be eligible and accepted to register according to the set criteria?

        This is not like in the elections in which every South Sudanese citizen of 18 years and above can vote. In the referendum there are strict criteria to follow.

        You may not be accepted to register for the referendum even if you are a South Sudanese citizen or voted in the elections. The referendum is about indigenous southerners not every South Sudanese citizen. So how did the people come up with 5 million eligible to register before they could be examined? This is misleading!

        May be somebody is trying to come up with an issue later on if southerners registered do not reach 5 million.

        Any way, not every body is forced to register even if he or she is eligible to register. This is a conduct on free and fair process.

        Only 1 million southerners may register to vote while the rest may decide not to register and that is their right.

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    • 22 November 2010 10:15, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Hello NCP!

      It’s all alike to submit your complaint against what you so called "Irregularities" of referendum to your NCP SSRC’s chairperson.
      All you are trying to do is just to cause delayment of referendum. It is clear from the title that it is for Southerners. Why should NCP complain yet it’s not concerned.
      It’s too late to retain Southern Sudan under your slavery.
      Shame on you NCP! You have to forget of any threat against Junubeen.
      There is nothing new under the sun.

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      • 22 November 2010 11:44, by Luthern King

        NCP had claimed to be clever enough that why they put blame accusation on southerner about ongoing process of registration . As southerner , we are following the CPA documentation of what had been saying , however, the international community will judge who is right on side of implementation.
        thanks southerner, let keep that spirit .
        May GOD BLESS SOUTHERNER SUDAN

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  • 22 November 2010 03:37, by Abuoi Jook

    Dear NCP Crooks,
    You are badly addicted to too much control of every system and when things go against your will you always make loud noise. Please be abide by ethics and code of conduct like other political parties that respect the norms and valuaes of every system.
    You cry loud about turning away of prospective voters mixed north-south parents without elaborating their identifiable documents. what identfy them as mixed south-north people?
    Also it’s the work of SSRC to close earlier if the centres are not well attended as mentioned since day one on 15th. What can they wait for when people are not there to register.

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    • 22 November 2010 04:02, by Andrew Ater REECH

      Thanks Abuoi Jook,

      you said it all.

      this theory of mix identities was plotted yesterday by Amir Idris and the Northern criminal party (NCP) borrowed it and make it as a news, pathetic arab.

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    • 22 November 2010 04:13, by Young Nation

      This is not 1947

      It is shame for NCP government officials to fabricate false reasons in relation to the conduct on South Sudan referendum registration. What, for login sake, is illegal about the exclusion of Sudanses who claim South Sudanese heretage when their Southernism is correctly not trace? What is wrong with closing registration centers when the sun set?

      The truth surrounding NCP roar is that they found no chance to dictate the flow of the referendum registration conduct according to their interest. Well the people of the South and the international bodies tasked to oversee the smooth progress of referendum registration and voting procedures will not offer NCP any chance to corrupt the referendum procedure as a whole. Let them go to hell. This is not 1947 nor 1972 or 1997. It is 21st century.

      Young Nation is a Student of International Relations at The University Of Queensland, Australia

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      • 22 November 2010 05:25, by John M. Atem

        Young Nation,
        Thank you very much for that well-articulated and thoughful comment.
        I agree with you these are not the Southerners of the years past. We are now politically-well-informed people. Please keep on posting those sense-making comments.

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        • 22 November 2010 06:22, by Young Nation

          Dear Comrade Atem

          Thanks for your reply Comrade. These criminals Islamic fanatics (NCP members) must not be allowed to play with our future (referendum). Our country and innocent people are exhuasted by decades of merciless and aggressive war (from the North). Therefore, our peace-loving citizens are seeking for social, economic and political development and prosperity. This is why they peacefully want to secceed through fair, transperent, peaceful and un-corrupted referendum from the war-some Northern Sudan.

          The NCP, North Sudan arm forces and other rigid citizens of the North need to be warned that any un-justified non-recognition of the eargely anticipated secession result of South Sudan referendum or rigging of rereferendum outcome by either NCP or any political party in the North is tantamount to delaration of war on the people of South Sudan. John Andruga Duku correctly said that "the referendum dateline is not written with ink but with the blood of 2.5 million dead Southern Sudan"

          Young Nation is a BA student at UQ, Queensland.

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    • 22 November 2010 04:17, by Ito

      I think it is time for southerners to say enough is enough with such malicious allegations with regards to referendum from NCP. The SSRC has articulated policies and procedures to be followed for the successful conduct of the plebiscite and NCP knows about it. There are eligibility requirements: 1. You have to be 18 years of age on day of registration. 2. Be born of all or either parents belong to the indegenious groups in south sudan and so on.

      There are identifiers who can identify those who claim to be citizens of south sudan but have no documents. there are questions that would be ask of candidates to determine their claim. So NCP should not waste their time. Anyone who disputes the registration process should go back and read the procedures.

      Early closure of registration centres is due to lack of people coming to the centre especially on work days. What is the reason for the NCP to request late closure of registration stations? Do they have something behind or what?

      Blessings

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  • 22 November 2010 04:16, by Anyang

    Hi all,

    This dirty tactics are aimed to foils the referendum out come and I therefore urge the SPLM/GOSS to vigorously counter them so quickly to cleared the air.

    Moreover,there’s a need for OUR government to be keenly remained alertful a round the clocks as the registeration process proceeded. Otherwise I personally appreciated them for their consistancies with good temperment.

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    • 22 November 2010 05:22, by doot

      Just things are getting tougher , therefore, the complaint will also be tougher.

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      • 22 November 2010 08:10, by Biliu

        It’s not mandatory to register…for any reason, if our people in the North or even in the South are not welling to register… it’s their constitutional right, why NCP would be so keen on Southerners in the North registration…?!!

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        • 22 November 2010 08:22, by Reasoning for the Greater Good

          Ethnically disting North and South Sudanese? Come on Sudan tribune. Please, don’t write about something you don’t understand. You either consult with the right people or just leave it out from your article. I thought by now we are all aware that the north and the south are not composed of distinct ethnic groups. Perhaps talk about self identification.

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          • 22 November 2010 09:39, by Mayol Mach

            Thanks members of South Sudan. Things have turned red at Bashiir’s hand, he didn’t realized that we are in the 21st Century where everyone knows how the world is operating. The southerners of today are not the people they used to deceived and accepted their interest.

            The choice is ours, it is not Bashiir who should tell us to do things which are not realistic and we accept. Even if no one register in the North, we shall do it for them and they will celebrate with us come the 9th of Jan 2011. I wish those who have registered already will vote to live not to die again.

            Regards

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  • 22 November 2010 11:03, by makuei

    Too early to fright and submit complaints. We will show what we have decided come January 9th, 2011.

    NCP claims to be adhering to the Referendum Act yet thay themselves are doing the contrary. They have started restricting the planes that come to the South, purposely to make difficult the coming home of Southerners who are in the North.

    Raphael Makuei

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    • 22 November 2010 11:11, by James Deng Dimo

      There is no need for NCP to claim any irregularities over those advocating unity of South Sudan to the North.
      Parties have no legal role to play in referendum process, only the nation to decide whether they need Unity or separation.
      Please NCP stay far from Southern Sudanese determination.

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  • 22 November 2010 11:03, by emadven

    maybe war is a solution in this case..

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    • 22 November 2010 12:45, by toposaboy

      shooting our way out, is the only solution to Divorce national criminal party war the best way out

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  • 22 November 2010 13:24, by paweetdit

    Am sorry to inform our counterpart NCP that, its too late for you to make alot of noise on referendum issues.
    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH NCP MOST GO! I wishes all my fellow southerners to turn up for registeration and never listen to those lame accusation from survivors. Actually, cracking of a frogs doesn’t prevent a cow to drink water when really thirsty.

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  • 22 November 2010 13:36, by Gatwech

    5 million southerners eligible to register for the referendum when the whole population, with children majority, is only 8 million according to the population census???

    It very wrong to give unsubstantiated figure of 5 million southerners eligible to register?

    How do the editors come up with such wrong figure which has no source?

    How can one estimate eligibility of unregistered voter before he or she registers? And how can you determine how many will be registered when you don’t know yet how many of them will be eligible and accepted to register according to the set criteria?

    This is not like in the elections in which every South Sudanese citizen of 18 years and above can vote. In the referendum there are strict criteria to follow.

    You may not be accepted to register for the referendum even if you are a South Sudanese citizen or voted in the elections. The referendum is about indigenous southerners not every South Sudanese citizen. So how did the people come up with 5 million eligible to register before they could be examined? This is misleading!

    May be somebody is trying to come up with an issue later on if southerners registered do not reach 5 million.

    Any way, not every body is forced to register even if he or she is eligible to register. This is a conduct on free and fair process.

    Only 1 million southerners may register to vote while the rest may decide not to register and that is their right.

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    • 22 November 2010 13:51, by Flora Tong

      Look who is complaining, NCP?????????? They should just shut up and wait for the separation happening.

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  • 22 November 2010 15:22, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    NCP Naivity is back again!!!!

    NCP is out of ways and actions to stopping the South Sudan referendum process, despite their pocketed blockage placed herein since 2007 thus, they have resorted to their rhetorics of intimidations and went ahead to saying this and that.

    Went furthest to saying that they will not recognize the referendum outcome comes January 2011. Is NCP and anyone in Khartoum not playing with fire!!!!???

    NCP should know that this referendum (CPA last phase) is and was the life of 2.5 millions lives lost including late Dr. John Garang de Mabior - may his soul - R.I.P during protracted civil war for 21 years. Southerners won’t accept anything less than independence for your information and acknowledgement!!!

    Was it not NCP Ministers (Obeid & Mohamed Atta) and Advisors such as Nafi Ali Nafi who told Southerners in Khartoum that they will not be treated in Hospitals; not even a needle will be given to Southerners there for treatment once referendum results will be independence of this great country to be called South Sudan of a secular state without religion mixed in state affairs.

    Now NCP is crying fault that Southerners are not registering in big numbers and accusing SPLM of intimidations (instructing Southerners not to register in Khartoum.

    What a false accusation!

    How can Southerners register to vote there when they know they will be detained, denied even needle in Hospitals on the day of results which will be in favour of a Separate State of South Sudan comes January 2011!!!???

    How can Southerners register to vote in northern Sudan where they will not be given citizenship rights!!!???

    How can Southerners register to vote in northern Sudan where they will be brutally killed without mercy during January 2011 vote period if they vote for Separation!!!??

    How can Southerners register to vote in northern Sudan where they will be denied their fundamental freedoms (in a chronic social disrimination and segregation)!!!!???

    How can Southerners register to vote in northern Sudan where they will be second class citizens in this so-called one country united Sudan on falsehood!!!???

    This list can go and on.....

    Khartoum should be prepared for better relationship modalities with already founded South Sudan Nation — in the list of African states.
    In which country of this world that you have two separate official armies, two separate flags flying up, two functioning Governments independently , etc and still claim UNITY!!??

    A DEADLY UNITY!!! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!

    Akolde, Rumbek; South Sudan

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  • 22 November 2010 18:45, by John M. Atem

    Young Nation and many other peace-loving people,
    I want to thank all of you for many of your outstanding and well-though out comments that you guys have posted on this website. I am truly proud to have read many of your comments. Indeed, as we are approaching this important and defining moment in our country’s history it is critically important that we preach the gospels of brotherhood, peace, unity, and solidarity amongst our people. Let us encourage, promote and emphasis our unbreakable shared commonality and de-emphasis our personal and old-fashioned long-standing political differences for the greater good of our peace-loving, liberty-seeking and splendid people of Southern Sudan.
    Finally, may almighty God creator of heaven and earth bless the long-suffering, abused and long-forgotten people of Southern Sudan who have suffered all manner of humiliations, physical indignities, exploitations and killings and guided them into glorious promised land of freedom should they choose to become a viable political state comes January, 9, 2010.
    In conclusion, let us extert more pressures on the National Congress Party to implement all important aspects of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
    Thank you all very much. And you have a wonderful and colourful day!.

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