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Ethiopia: Preparations for S. Sudan referendum finalized, observers deployed


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 5, 2011(ADDIS ABABA) – Thousands of southern Sudanese in Ethiopia have been given orientation on how to vote on Sunday’s independence referendum vote, the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) liaison office in Addis Ababa said on Wednesday.

“We have dispatched GoSS teams to three polling stations to orient voters on how to cast their votes and they are now ready to properly give their votes” deputy head of mission, David Dang told Sudan Tribune.

According to the GoSS office, some 10,500 South Sudanese living in neighboring Ethiopia have registered the plebiscite that was agreed as part of a 2005 peace deal between the dominant parties of Sudan’s north and south.

Ethiopia is one of eight countries where Out-of-Country Voting (OVC) is taking place. The others are Australia, Canada, Egypt, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Uganda and the United States.

The GoSS office has called on all registered voters in Ethiopia or Sudan to come out for vote.

The southern Sudanese official said he has no doubt that outcome of the vote, which begins on January 9, will be in favor of separation from the north.

“We are sure 99% of voters are in favor of session; what we are not sure is of the remaining 1%” he said adding “regardless of final results the government of south Sudan is ready to accept outcome.”

Under Sudan’s referendum law a 50% plus 1% vote in favor of separation is needed for the region to secede. A turnout of over 60% of registered voters is needed for the vote to be valid.

The referendum, a vote promised in a 2005 peace deal, which ended decades of north-south civil war, will allow people from the oil-rich south a chance to decide whether they should secede to create a new state or remain in a united Sudan.

In Ethiopia, referendum polling will take place from January 9-15 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM Monday to Saturday and from 8:00AM to 12:30PM on Sunday.

Sudan Tribune has learnt that the Carter Center, the African Union and the UN have deployed observers in Ethiopia,

The GoSS office in Addis Ababa said, the Ethiopian government has deployed security in all three polling stations.

Southern Sudanese have fought two civil wars against the northern Sudan over identity, religion, the south’s oil and water resources as well as economic and political marginalization.

The 2005 peace deal stipulated that both sides would attempt to make the unity of Sudan attractive but with only three days until the vote takes the south’s ruling party the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has campaigned for separation.

There are concerns that the referendum could trigger renewed conflict between the north and south – two million people died in the most recent civil war – but a peaceful vote seems possible with both north and south pledging to accept the result.

This week Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir pledged to help his "southern brothers" and said he would honor vote of the people.

A team of British researchers recently published a study estimating that a return to the north-south conflict in Sudan would entail costs in excess of $100 billion.

Sudan’s Christian south, which is also home to traditional African beliefs, have fought two civil wars from 1955- 1972 and 1983-2005, with the predominantly Islamic north. The most recent was Africa’s longest civil war and forced four million people to leave their homes according to the UN.

As well as fleeing to the north, many southern Sudanese sought safety in neighboring countries such as Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.


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  • 6 January 2011 05:55, by Chuker

    thank to Ethiopia Government, please check this link:

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    • 6 January 2011 06:43, by Victory

      what are you upto?

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    • 6 January 2011 06:48, by omoni Atari

      Chuker that link got nothing to do with current Administration.
      If the man was too smart he shoudnt targeted the civilians.
      That link http//www.africa.upenn.edu/hornet was just show his own supporters that he got vision for south sudan.

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      • 6 January 2011 06:56, by Chuker



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        • 6 January 2011 07:23, by omoni Atari

          your mind is only focusing in Nuer community.
          why dont you be civilized so that you can rule us in the future time.
          you keep on maintaining Riek Machar’s failed policies in your medullar and yet mr. machar deleted them long time.

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          • 6 January 2011 09:38, by Kuol king

            You are right by the coz nuer people are the most subotagist in the movement since the independence of sudan and the begining of the movement, as now the are attacking the civilian of luacjang in tonj east county of warra state at the moment while we are ahead of voting next two day.
            My question is what does they means? am not giving wrong info i witness it yesterday physically not verbal talk.
            they are not civilize as you said.

            Thy war within those days cannot affect the referend, it all bullshit hell

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    • 6 January 2011 06:56, by padiit gaga

      South Sudan referendum voting will go smoothly in Ethiopia as we know Ethiopia is a country which we started our moment in it.Our friendship will not end we will be good nieghbors countries.

      Ethiopia is county who call herselves Africa instead to call herselves Arab country. this country is our window of fresh Air eventhought, it get calm in sudan we used to recieve fresh air in it. According to Ngundeng prophsy when he gave them Thakernyang(Ox with pach of Corodile)when they fought with Italy He told his followers to cut it is tail, he said whenever, there is problem you will get resue from those people or you will get help from them .During that time, Ethiopia defeated Italy in their land. After that they believed Ngundeng meanwhile, they still remember that gift even now. that tail is unforgetable in Ethiopia.

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    • 6 January 2011 23:53, by John M. Atem

      Chuker Machar,
      I have read many of your hate-filled comments.
      And I have concluded that you are dick sucking person.
      Why do not you shut your nasty dick sucking mouth up?
      If I were to meet you and gonna smack that devil sucking out of you.

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    • 7 January 2011 05:25, by Biggy K

      That link is full full of random bullshit, crap, and is void. It failed to tell us the Bor Massacre that was orchestrated by Riek Machar. What good are we doing if we preach water and take wine? What good are we doing when we pretend to be holy, yet our souls are being haunted by the innocent blood that we shed? More questions than answers though.

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  • 6 January 2011 09:10, by Aleu

    Tesfa Alem Tekle.

    We think the SPLA/SPLM’s history of successful movement in Africa was beginning from Ethiopia nation and end in Kenyan and Uganda, but I wonder for some time when I see the president of this good nation Ethiopia does not express very positively and thoughtful about supporting Southern Sudanese people, but Uganad president did express very friendly positve ways and strong statement even Omar al Bashir the one who fough with Southern Sudanese have a little a bit express some good statement but I had never hear one day the Ethiopian presiden Mel make endorsement on Southern Sudan what wrong with this man.? The friendship between Ethiopian and the Southern Sudan need to stay strong supporting each other, because they are all sharing common things in them including business connection.

    Indeed that history of Southern Sudanese movement would have to talks a lots of things particular, Ethiopia and Kenya any way that is what I want to tell you so that, maybe you can tell your leader Southern Sudanese people want you to be like other African please, but protecting those Southern Sudanese in Ethiopia is very important and thank for that.

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    • 6 January 2011 20:23, by peter

      I think the reason PM Melese have not support the South Sudan struggle publicly is because of his relation with Khartoum. Khartoum do not give shelter for any Ethiopian opposition party so far. I am telling you that we Ethiopian loves you so much and always with you.

      From TEXAS

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