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Lakes state’s youth leaders in Yirol West happy with referendum results


January 21, 2011 (RUMBEK) - Yirol West county, in eastern part of Rumbek, the capital of Lakes state has announced that it recorded 52,299 votes in favor of secession and only 13 votes for in favor of the unity of Sudan, in the referendum that concluded last week.

Youth leaders have reacted to news saying that Yirol West county wants the south to separate from the north. The referendum was agreed as part of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of war between Sudan’s north and south.

Yirol West county referendum commission member, Antiphas Wenyin Paul, affirmed that “the total register in Yirol West County was 52,871 and the total which have voted is 52338 for separation is 52299 and for unity is 13, those who have not voted is 533, Invalid ballot is 23 and the unmarked ballot is 3”.

On Wednesday, The Lakes State Referendum High Committee chairman Michael Mabor Makuei announced that over 99.924% percent of the voters across the eight counties of the state opted for secession with 298,216 votes cast in favor of separation while a paltry 227 voted for unity.

Sudan Tribune had incorrectly reported that Yirol West County had obtained 41 votes for unity, instead of the correct figure of 13. http://www.sudantribune.com/Lakes-state-preliminary-result,37692

Moses Telar, a youth leader in Lakes state, told Sudan Tribune that he was happy with the referendum results so far.

“We are separatist here in Yirol West County of Lakes state since the beginning of struggle – we need South Sudan to get independent from Khartoum - those 13 people who casted in their votes for unity of the country was their democratic right to choose unity and in fact few of them casted in their votes for unity by mistake due to lack of awareness that did not reached remote areas in Yirol West”.

Thousands of people across Lakes state excitedly herd the announcement of the preliminary result in favor secession.

Lakes state governor Chol Tong Mayay on Wednesday said: “I am very happy for this result which fully indicate secession of South Sudan from Khartoum regime, I am happy with this result because I was already separatist since day one - we get ourselves in new nation and with new history added into Africa as a continent to have new chapter history in new state.”

Lakes state High Referendum preliminary result indicated that 99.924% voted for separation and 0.076% for unity. Final results are expected in early February.


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  • 22 January 2011 07:14, by Mabor

    I was very impressed and most delighted for the great well work done by the citizens of my county Yirol west and particularly the people of central southern sudan(Lakes State) for the marvellous results on just ended historical referendum voting. you have really shown to the world that you people where not just in the bush for nothing but for the right of your people that going to be the salutary and beneficiary to the current and the next generation.so therefore, on behalf of SPLM-Youth League National Head Quarters and own my own behalf we have really thanked you alot for that remarkable and wonderful contribution towards this successive young nations. wish you all the best as the sky will be your limit. bravo comrades. most especially my brother son Antiphas Paul Chabiet for the well elucidative figures you have really shown good leadership with your team in Lakes orr Aramweer. so mavuruk aleekum and continue with your well work done.

    thank you,
    Comrade.Peter Mabor Gool Ijong,
    from SPLM Youth League, Juba South Sudan.

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    • 23 January 2011 08:46, by Antiphas Wenyin Paul

      Dear Honourable Readers,

      First and foremost I am privellige to give my thanks and Compliments to brother Manyang Manyom in particular and Sudan Tribune in general and not forgetting Uncle Mabor Gool, for airing out and correcting our doubts, with regards to the figures of Yirol West County (Lakes State).

      As a matter of facts, we have struggle a lot since the problem of the so-call ’’Mishkilla Junub’’ by our brothers the Arab and Our Hero Dr,John Garang corretc it that we are not a problem to ourselves, it is some one who came and sat on us, so from here Greater Yirol can’t and wouldn’t opt for Unity, otherwise we are totally for the Separetion of South Sudan as a Nation and we are totally able to Rule ourselves, and it was badly taken by us to go for the figure of 41 votes for Unity, we have only 13 votes for Unity and that was due to lack of Community awareness to the remote areas of Yirol which is also very vast.

      Finally, to brother Manyang, I am hereby encouraging you to keep up your good work and the Spirit of Nationalism vested on you, and more so to the peolpe of Greater Yirol in particular for the participation during the Referendum Exercise and the Lakes State in general for the easiy facilitation done by the entire Referendum Commission Staff covering all the eight Counties.

      Antiphas W. Paul.

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