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Ethiopia: Turnout of 99% in southern Sudan independence referendum


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 16, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) – Over 99 % of the total eligible Sudanese voters in Ethiopia have cast their votes in south Sudan’s independence referendum before polls closed late on Saturday, the country’s Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) office said on Sunday.

“In Kingudu, where most voting took place, 5,051 of the total registered 5,067 have cast their votes”, GoSS deputy head of mission David Dang told Sudan Tribune.

The Southern Sudanese official said the week-long voting wrapped up peacefully with no security threats and vote counting has already began since polls closed yesterday.

“Vote counting from Ethiopia’s three polling stations is in progress at this point and we will later on the day announce outcomes,” he added.

International observer missions from the African Union, European Union and Carter Center were deployed to monitor the voting process in Ethiopia. The observer missions have commended the peaceful completion of the referendum voting.

According to analysts, the South Sudan is expected to break away from north to form Africa’s newest state – the first since Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993.

The referendum is a key component of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended decades of north-South civil war.


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  • 17 January 2011 05:16, by Ito

    congratulations! this is what all of us were waiting to see. But still we are waiting to see how you voted. It is simply because that 99 percent is a turnout number but we however could not tell how many picked unity and how many picked secession. I hope that all the said percentage voted for secession.

    South sudan oyee and God bless

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    • 17 January 2011 06:39, by DOOR

      Please don’t throw your cigarette Ends on the floor the cockcroaches are getting cancer.

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      • 18 January 2011 01:16, by padiit gaga

        Well done to all south sudanese who live in Ethiopia. Nothings imposible from GOD.

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  • 17 January 2011 10:49, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Bravo to our Southern Sudanese in Ethiopia that is what we expect to all.

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  • 17 January 2011 16:09, by Facts Check

    Those who did not vote in this referendum will regret it for the rest of their lives just like those who youth who when hiding in refugees camp during the war playing dominos and drinking.

    Congratulation to those who were in school studynig for our country future...now you must come back for we need your expertise (minus your bolstering)otherwise you just another good for nothing.

    Shut up.

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