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Sudanese Parliament postpones approval of Referendum Commission members


June 14, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The National Legislature has postponed the approval of the appointed president and members of the referendum Commission as scheduled today after an objection raised by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement against one of its members.

The two chambers of the Sudanese parliament had to endorse the members of the Referendum Commission Monday in order to begin the preparation for the conduct of the last step in the implementation of the 2005 peace agreement.

In accordance with the Southern Sudan Referendum Act passed on December 29, 2009, the Commission is composed of the Chairperson, his Deputy and seven members to be appointed by the President with the approval of the First Vice-President.

The Sudanese constitution requires the simple majority of the National Legislature to approve the nomination of the members of the Commission.

The SPLM has objected the appointment of Taj Alsir Mohamed Saleh as a member of the Commission because he is a member of the Democratic Unionist Party, the official SUNA reported today.

The DUP of Mohamed Osman Al-Merghani said opposed to the separation of southern Sudan.

In its Monday session at the National Assembly in Omdurman, the National Legislature, headed by Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Tahir, decided to return to the Sudanese presidency the list of nominees to review the rules for nomination.

The 9-member commission will be chaired by Mohammed Ibrahim Khalil, former foreign minister, and his deputy is Chan Rek Madut, Deputy Attorney General in the Government of Southern Sudan.

The other members are Paulino Wanawilla, Tariq Osman, Deng Awur, Suad Ibrahim Eisa Juwal Shuwang, Setti Abyei and Taj Al-Sir Mohamed Saleh who was objected today.


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  • 15 June 2010 05:07, by Dinka Boy

    To Bashier( NCP)

    When someone has no ability to share,the only option is to take the entire portion inorder to stop others to ask for the share. It seems that the Northern Government and its allied does not know that people of South Sudan are asking them their portion.

    It’s clear that NCP want to take the entire share through dangerious steps. The Bashier govt must know that we will not stop this referendum in our favor till the end of this world, that is right!

    We South Sudanese will not get out of our butts unless you allowed us peacefully for the referendum instead of you trying to play the game of selfisness in the entire country.

    Why the refendum commission members are all from the NCP or other influncial parties who are indeed the part of NCP. This is disaster and NCp must know that there will be no peace if they try to play around with bitterness in the Sudan.

    This referendum is not a joke and this can not be compare to the addis Ababa agreement.

    This refendum will be peaceful if both SPLM and NCP work fairly without hidden agenda but if NCP works for destruction,then we Southerners can not afford it to happen. Caution to NCP!

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    • 15 June 2010 05:31, by Matung Neng-neng

      Please, add me, I want to be one of those committees. I have every important opinion and I will explain later why you need me?
      I am the only person who can tell true to the people of Sudan that referendum is not the only important option and won’t help at all but we only need peace and development and every things else will be find. In addition too,
      I have international experience which I have been learning in my fled of wandering wolrdwide as displaced person. Please acept my rapid application!
      My Name is............
      email: golmatung@yahoo.ca
      (citizen of Unitystate of Sudan)
      I am now living in Canada

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    • 15 June 2010 05:48, by mohammed ali

      Dinka boy,

      The comission is formed equally from the NCP& SPLA.The problem is that the SPLA is objecting that the NCP is appointing within it’s quota a memember who is not a member of the NCP.Taj Alsir Mohammed Salih is a member of the DUP (Al Marghani’s party)who used to be a friend and alleEd with the SPLA in the Democratic Alliance.

      So who’s mistake here? The NCP wants to appoint a jallaba who used to be your alliance.This is their choice.It does not affect the SPLA quota or choice!

      Few days later we will hear you complaining that the jalabba are delaying the referendum purposely! As usual blame the jalabba!!!!I donnot know whom you are going to blame aftersecession.

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      • 15 June 2010 06:17, by Dinka Boy

        mohammed ali ,

        You should be very shame for yourself because you have been pretending as a Northerners while a Southerner. I definitely know you very well as one of my brothers who always love enemy more than their brothers and sisters. Say Amen since I know that you are EQ guy. Haaaaaaa

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        • 15 June 2010 06:32, by mohammed ali

          Dinka boy,

          I am from north Sudan from Nubian origin.Ethenically I nothing to do with south.Race or Tribe is not an issue to me!I am not an enemy to southerner.The war is over, it will not come again with or without secession.

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    • 15 June 2010 09:22, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Exactly these commission was form for the destruction of the referendum for the independent of the South Sudan, so if that commission will continue to exist we shall only announce South Sudan self independent.
      These commission under the comradeship of Bashir is not fair and its not in the interest of the Southerners.

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      • 16 June 2010 00:49, by choldit

        Shame on INCOMPETENT President Salva Kirr!!!!!!!!

        How long will this naiev president Kirr keep us under tribal motivated umbrella? How long will he keep us cheaper in the front of the North Sudanese? What is it that South Sudanese should claim for in this quoted paragraphs:

        "The 9-member commission will be chaired by Mohammed Ibrahim Khalil, former foreign minister, and his deputy is Chan Rek Madut, Deputy Attorney General in the Government of Southern Sudan.

        The other members are Paulino Wanawilla, Tariq Osman, Deng Awur, Suad Ibrahim Eisa Juwal Shuwang, Setti Abyei and Taj Al-Sir Mohamed Saleh who was objected today."

        Can anyone tell me who:

        Chan Rek Madut
        Paulino Wanawillo
        Deng Awur
        Setti Abyei

        Salva Kirr, Why South Sudanese in this commission are Minority though it is their Referundum if you are not an INCOMPETENT?

        Why are the South Sudanese members in commision are seem composited only of incompetent Dinkas alone, where are the rest of the South Sudanese?

        Few days ago, I was wondering why INCOMPETENT Salva Kirr was meeting US Vice President, Biden, without the support of his COMPETENT vice president, Dr. Riek Machar. I asked whether it should be a step to implement his South Sudan Sellout Agreement that he authorize Deng Alor Kuol to sign? Should this also be another step to implement the Sellout Agreement?

        The South Sudanese are each day given unbearable hush treatment by NCP through this INCOMPETENT triblistic leader, Salva Kirr. who told Salva Kirr the Dinka will lose power if the South seceed in 2011 and that the option is to keep united with Arab? It is Salva Kirr and his immediate hand picked people that are incompetent other Dinkas have potential to lead in a competent way, Telar Deng is good example, not to mention Dr. Garang, Chigai Atem, Arok Thon who are the like of competent Vice president Dr. Riek Machar whose all these messes are done behind his back by this incompetent Salva.

        SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on You Salva Kirr!!!! You shouldn’t sell our fate just like that. why shouldn’t step down and allow competent other Southerner take over for you will still be respect for recognizing your incompetency!

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  • 15 June 2010 07:35, by Sudan virus

    Dr.Rack Machar be carefull,

    NCP have seen that Amun is in New York and they want take this an opportunity to cheat you SPLM against the interest of the southerns because you are left alone.

    Consult us southerns through the net and we will contribute ideas.

    Otherwise, this is a good observation. Stick to it.

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    • 15 June 2010 09:52, by CHOLTHEGREAT

      Folks get it right- the referendum results will only work if they are in favour of Southern Sudanese will, whether rigged/robbed and/ or not. We [Southerners]are ready for both outcomes- the decision is solely ours thereafter.

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      • 15 June 2010 10:38, by mack waweru

        It’s irony that the chairperson of the commission is an Arab. A southerner was suppose to head this commission since the referendum is only for the south.
        Let’s expect all scenarios.


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  • 15 June 2010 10:46, by Akuma

    If Sudanese Parliament procastinate to approve Southern Sudan referendum, then they are the one preparing sudanese people to return to war again. Approval of Southern Sudan referendum is the way forwards without delay.

    Dr. Akuma

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    • 15 June 2010 16:37, by Bol Pur

      Who can help on commission of referendum, I don’t really believed what my eye is seeing somebody from NCP is chairing the commission of Southern Sudan referendum. I have seen Southern Sudanese position become deputy in their own commission. Anyway, I may not really know what is taking place in presidency, but my concern is that referendum commission should have been chaired by Southern Sudanese.

      I am worried of well planned rigging of referendum, because my argument is that no an Arab person will accept South to separate in his hand because he will be blame for his life.

      I am appealing SPLM to argue for the change of chairperson of commission to save us from doubt in the referendum.

      God Bless the Republic of Southern Sudan and God Bless people who will vote for separation.

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      • 16 June 2010 01:56, by Jakok Loakloak

        The way this commission is setup indicate some insidious synister plan to blackmail southern Sudanese of their long aspired vission of self determination and hopefull separation from the evil North. All the steps taken so far by the South SPLM government are only short of announcing an untractive unity with the evil north. This committee sound uninfromed or easily goaded by the superior cunneres (jalaba). I am very much concerned of the Southern SPLM decision to go" low level officials" to lead this very important and pivotal point in our whole history. Is it getting the same treatment as the ministry of finance and mining fortfolios right ofter the death of our leader Garang? I hope our Government have other suprises in their sleeves to rescue us from another demise..


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