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Final results of south Sudan referendum to be announced on February 14, commission says


January 10, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The final results of south Sudan referendum on independence are expected to be announced on 14 February, according to the body organizing the exercise.

Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) Chairperson Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil (L) addresses the media with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, in Sudan as a referendum observer, at the Commission’s headquarters in Khartoum January 7, 2011 (Reuters Pictures)

The Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) on Monday outlined the timetable for announcing and appealing against the results of the ongoing vote whose outcome will determine whether the semi-autonomous region of South Sudan will remain part of a united Sudan or secede to create a new state.

The polls for the referendum opened domestically and in eight countries abroad as originally scheduled on 9 January amid reports of low turnout in the north and massive in the south.

In a press conference held at the SSRC’s headquarters in Khartoum yesterday, the commission briefed local and international media on the progress of the voting process and informed them of the dates it scheduled for the gradual announcement of the results.

The commission’s member Paolino Wans assured the media that the balloting process was proceeding smoothly in both north and south Sudan, citing reports submitted by the heads of polling stations as confirming that the polls were proceeding in a quiet and safe environment and that voters were able to cast their ballots without hindrance.

Paolino revealed that the voter turnout in south Sudan reached 20% whereas the turnout in the north was 14%. He further announced that the commission had decided to add one hour to the opening hours of polling stations in order to allow voters more time to exercise their right.

He said that the 15 January would remain the last day for casting ballots unless the circumstances demand an extension.

Paolino said that the commission expects the announcement of results at the 3000 polling stations to begin during the period between 15 to 17 January and that provincial results would be announced on January 20.

According to him, the commission’s forecasts suggest that the results in south Sudan would be announced on 23 January while the results in Out of Country polling stations would be announced on 23 January.

the SSRC official said that preliminary results would be announced on 7 February at which point a week-long window from 8 to 12 February will begin for submitting appeals and legal challenges. He further announced that final results are expected to be announced on 14 February.

Separately, Sudan’s official news agency SUNA on Monday announced that the number of voters who cast their ballots in Khartoum North has reached 213 voters out of more than 3000 registered voters.


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  • 11 January 2011 08:54, by Chuker

    Bentiu oyee....,
    Unity State oyeee....., iam proud to all stakeholders included Governor Taban and Vice president Riek machar for making our State as Number one for Every things.
    down, down to NEW SUDAN

    • 11 January 2011 09:12, by Kolnyang youth


      why are you so dom and tribalism man ?

      we all proud of South Sudan and u only unity state this tribal though will never help u .

      please Southerners let begin celebration before 14 of February .

      militias oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      SPLm oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      Southerners oeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
      Black Africa nation oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      Unity of South Sudan oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      independent oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      separation oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
      slavery ended
      tool used by Arabs are come


      • 11 January 2011 09:17, by Chuker


        FYI, Unity State doesn’t belong to Nuer only, there are Dinka who are proud citizens of Unity State. our Governor love everyone there. he is not like Kuol Manyang Juuk who treat other tribes like second class citizens.

        • 11 January 2011 11:07, by Victory


          Go and lecture your foolishness to your people in unity state rather than wasting your energy here..sham on you.

          • 11 January 2011 12:21, by Marial Mangar Akol

            Dear Chuker,
            You are not mistaken anyway for praising your/our leaders but improve not to insult leaders of Southern Sudan of different states, that is kind of tribalism and we are fighting to kick off all kind of instability/ disagreeing.
            Back to 14th of feb, we Southerners all are preparing for our celebration that will include all the world wide representative in Juba for the best and new life motivation in South/JUNUB.
            JUNUB Oyee!

    • 11 January 2011 16:48, by landlord

      chucker de machar de ngoundeng de wurrynyang look here or read this
      Vice President of Government of Southern Sudan Records Of Corruption, Manipulation, and Scandals

      By John Arcuil*

      May 7, 2006 — Ever since joining the SPLM/A, Dr. Riek Machar an Engineer from Khartoum University and PhD holder from London University, rose steadily to become Second in Command of the SPLM/A under the leadership of late Dr. John Garang de Mabior. Despite his high position in SPLM/A, his egoistic tendency and greediness for power forced him to engineer ethnic tribal conflict between his ethnic tribe (the Nuer) against Dr. John Garangs tribe (the Dinka). He mobilized some of his tribesmen (Naath = Nuer) around him and wrong groups of Southern Sudanese to try to oust Late Dr. Garang in 1991 but after failing miserably he deserted SPLM/A leaving it weakened. Dr. Riek Machar then walked in broad light without any fear or feeling ashamed to join the National Islamic Front (NIF) regime in Khartoum. He promised late Dr. Garang he can only go to the South to lead after Dr. Garangs’ death, thus he turned down every attempt of reconciliation offered by regional and international friends of the people of Sudan to reconcile him (Riek) with Dr. John Garang.

      Dr. Riek never felt any shame at all that he was working in opposition and contradiction of the genuine course of Struggle and quest of Southern Sudanese people for freedom. He took it personally with former late Leader Dr. John Garang to declare a war of annihilation against the people of Dr. Garang and the innocent Dinka Bor pastoralists suffered heavily at the hands of Dr. Riek tribal army. The NIF therefore seized that opportunity and arming his militia very well. Thus, they overran and recaptured Bor town from SPLA, leaving hundreds of thousands of Dinka Bor who were mercilessly massacred in fulfilling of Dr. Riek’s crazy idea and wishes for tribal cleansing of Dinka Bor.

      Following Dr. Riek split from the SPLA/M and joining the NIF Khartoum Regime, the NIF strongly advised Dr. Riek Machar to cram and sing the agendum of "Separation of South Sudan", since many Southern Sudanese Intellectuals have burning patriotism for secession of the South. To entertain, assure and prove his 100% loyalty, submission, and subordination to his Masters (NIF), Dr. Riek immediately renamed his defunct SPLM-United Faction as Southern Sudan Independent Movement (SSIM, which truly means poison in Arabic). He claimed that his movement (SSIM) was fighting on behalf of the Southern Sudanese people for total independence of the South, whereas in reality his movement (SSIM) hidden agenda was poisoning the minds and understandings of the people of Southern Sudan to commit atrocities against each others. To exacerbate the situation, Dr. Riek cast off and buried without shame the Sudanese noble struggle for freedom by signing a shameful document (The Khartoum Peace Agreement), within the context of "Peace From Within" a propaganda of NIF government.

      He subsequently formed Government of the South Sudan in Khartoum, and appointed 90% members of the so-called Southern Coordination Council from his tribe (Nuer). The largest tribe in Southern Sudan (Dinka) was left out because Garang was Monyjang (Denka). This clearly reflects the true malicious nature, wishes, and hopes of Dr. Riek as an Architect for tribal bloodshed and conflict in the entire Republic of Sudan.

      death to riek machar de nasir gang leader.

      Dr. Riek Machar established a weak parasitic alliance with President Bashir which he thought will safeguard his selfish political interests. He hoped that such alliance may be strongly effective enough to oust out Dr. John Garang de Mabior of leadership in Great Upper Nile Region as well as the SPLA/M. His real intention was to destroy the SPLA/M. However, Dr. Riek realized (at late hours) that this alliance will not lead him to the corridors of power in Southern Sudan since the SPLM/A occupied over 50% of the strategic and major parts of the South, and moreover SPLM/A were not party to the Khartoum Peace Agreement. As his usual character, he wrapped out and ditched his alliance with President Bashir when he saw the gallant SPLM/A Forces making tremendous strides towards Peace. Dr. Riek therefore smuggled himself to Nairobi and shamelessly approached Dr. Garang to accommodate him into SPLM/A rank. Consequently, his followers and militias were left at the mercy of NIF, and many paid with their lives, a big price for Dr. Riek’s selfish ambitions. What a leader!

      death to risky de machar de nassir gang leader.

      Dr. Riek is a very selfish person who has no love for anybody in Sudan. He deserted SPLM/A for more than a decade. However, he refused to take 4th position in the SPLA leadership when he returned back. This greediness for power forced the innocent and nationalist CDR Wani Igga to decline his 3rd position for Dr. Riek and becomes the 4th in the SPLA Leadership. His deeds reflect his greediness. Dr. Riek could not have pity for poor Southern Sudanese people and spare the British woman who was serving the war-affected people in the South from marriage. In fact his egoistic tendency and lust for many women forced him to marry her and forced her to suffer till she died. Poor lady who loved him died in car accident in mysterious circumstances at Karen, Kenya; May God rest her soul in peace! What’s clear is that Riek Machar had many concubines already and had plans to marry a new wife by the time his loyal British wife died.

      death to risky de machae de nassir gang leader

      Reflecting on the above attitudes of Dr. Riek Machar, it truly shows and explains that despite the committal of many crimes against SPLM/A and the Southern Sudanese people, he still pursue his selfish ambition for leadership. In fact, soon after rejoining SPLM/A he planted seeds of discord between late Dr. Garang and Salva Kiir. The man was actually playing a double face role, until Dr. Garang suddenly died in a helicopter clash, and no one exactly knows the surrounding circumstances to that tragedy.

      death to risky de machar gon de nassir gang leader

      The Late Dr. Garang was clever enough and knows how to control and remedy the malicious tendencies of Dr. Riek Machar. After his death, Dr. Riek has stripped off the skin of a sheep to expose in broad day light his true colours. He knows now that he is just one step behind the ultimate price of the Presidency of South Sudan. Since the formation of the GOSS, Dr. Riek has been actively working hard to achieve his goals by doing the following:

      death to risky de machar gon de nassir gang leader

      1. He decided to swear in as National Legislative Assembly member in Khartoum, which is contrary to CPA. To the dismay of many he took the oath of office as member of National Legislative Assembly in Khartoum when he already was sworn in for a constitutional post in the South. This was clear violation of the CPA.

      death to risky de machar teny gon de nassir gang leader

      2. He tried to manipulate appointments, including:
      i. His wife for Unity State (This was rejected by SPLA Leadership)
      ii. He tried to promote his ally Steven Kumunyangi for Governor Western Equatorial State (an attempt rejected by the locals)
      iii. He promoted his ally Taban Deng Governor for Unity State, and, iv. His wife to the Oil Ministry and Oil Commission.

      death to him

      3. Dr. Riek and his family hold six constitutional positions, whereas the Nuer communities complain of under representation.

      death to him

      4. He continuously tries to undermining the authority of H.E. Salva Kiir, President of GOSS by:
      i. Issuing unnecessary decrees that nullify President Kiir’s decrees,
      ii. He deliberately left South Sudan regardless of the advice of the President to remain in Juba as the President was travelling abroad.
      iii. Signing illegal contracts, and,
      iv. Issuing illegal approval for leasing lands to foreigners.

      5. Left out discussions on important matters to South Sudan such as insecurity, development and ethnic conflicts, but instead kept the GOSS cabinet busy with only issues pertaining to his private company (White Nile Petroleum Company),

      6. He was trying hard to force the Cabinet to approve concessions to his Company (White Nile Petroleum).

      7. contract for Juba Infrastructure Rehabilitation for US$200 million through GIBB Africa (a corrupt Kenya based company). Signing contract for the rehabilitation of government houses in Juba for at least US$60,000 per house, whereas building new house in Juba would cost much less around US$40,000.

      8. In fact Dr Riek through GIBB Africa further indulged in corruption by purchasing 5 high speed generators for Juba at the cost of US$13.5 million. Shame! The actual cost of rehabilitating Juba Electricity could have been much less.

      9. Contrary to CPA notion of decentralization. Dr. Riek signed illegal contracts with Kenya and South Africa based Companies to rehabilitate States Capitals’ infrastructures without prior consultation with the State Governments. This was clear violation of the CPA.

      10. Contrary to SPLM manifesto for development in which it states its visions to bring cities to people rather than people to cities. Dr. Riek decides to spend a big chunk of GOSS budget in Juba alone leaving little for the States which represent over 95% of the population. So far GOSS claim to have spent 200 million of its budget but the states have only been allocated about $1 million each. Where is the remaining US$190 million spent?

      11. Tried to manipulate the Cabinet to appoint Paulino Matip as Minister for SPLA Affairs. However, the Cabinet turned down the attempt.

      12. Many more scandals which will be made available in later article.

      The simple question an innocent Sudanese citizen can ask today is: What are the GOSS and the Legislative Assembly doing about these problems that are created by Dr. Riek to destroy the South Sudan & the CPA?

      We consciously and judiciously reason that H.E. President Salva Kiir and the Cabinet together with the Legislative Assembly should resolve these issues as soon as possible. Imagine! The people of Southern Sudan deserve decent life with honour and dignity. They want to enjoy peace and share the dividends. However, Dr. Riek Machar is making things impossible and life very difficult for the South Sudanese people. He makes things "bume along". South Sudan Parliament should address these crucial issues, or otherwise things may go wrong out of control. Some SPLA have still not been paid since the signing of CPA 15 months ago, while they have voluntary fought and suffered for 21 years for the present freedom. Why?

      Most independent analysts believe that the continuation of Dr. Riek Machar in power, with his cunning attitude, manipulative behavior, together with total embroilment in corruption, undermining the authority of the President (Kiir), as well as, overlooking SPLA military requirements all of which will eventually put the CPA at stake.

    • 11 January 2011 22:02, by saban John

      Dau, don’t be a coward, am a southerner too and I know for sure that it is not messirya or arab who kill our people.

      I keep writing here that arabs are good people but some of you don’t understand. i guess you go back to school. like someone says arabs can say fadul, fadul, to eat. they can feed you and cloth. and you guys are telling me that they are bad? Be serious brothers. they say those who tell the truth will always succeed. arabs will succeed and we southerners will go down because we don’t give them credit.

      You know intelligent goes according to skin color, dark people like us are under brown skin. those who have red or brown skin and different hair like arabs are more intelligent than dark skin. Like me am a southerner and I know that they are intelligent than me, there is nothing to fight about.

    • 12 January 2011 05:37, by Kur William

      Just assure our breothers in the North that we want to see the outcome of referendum in the way we expected them otherwise there will be no compromise of dreaming unity in such a way "what bring here the low turnout of voters in north Khartoum after they had voted in good number as it said 213 out 3000 who were registered for referedum has voted so far where about the rests of voters.

      The result must be creation of new state in Africa if we will not reach the tip of it then what Sudan going to experiences could be the most excerbate which ever happens in Africans contenient before so let us work to avoid that as safety of our people. Kur william

  • 11 January 2011 16:08, by Facts Check

    why does it have to take that long. The votes should all be counted by next Wednesday! Each polling station have an average of 2000 voters while there is an average of 3 workers at at each station. Do you want to say that all these 3 people can not count 2000 votes in one day? None-sense!!!!

  • 11 January 2011 21:00, by LoganV

    The referendum will conclude on February 14 to decide if the north and south go on as different states. The north shows little concern but the south is almost entirely voting. Peace in Sudan would change the country entirely. It would allow the south to begin rebuilding and thrive without living in fear or dying. I feel that peace will be achieved after the referendum for both parties. I wish that Sudan could remain as one but you can’t have everything. I am looking forward to Feb. 14 in anticipation of the peace to come.

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