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Unity state governor urges citizens to register for referendum

By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

November 15, 2010 (BENTIU) – The governor of oil-producing Unity state, Taban Deng Gai urged citizens of the states nine counties to get ensure they are registered in the next 15 days ahead of the south’s referendum on independence in January.

Unity state governor Taban Deng Gai speaks to the media as registration for South Sudan's independence referendum begins, Bentiu Town, Nov. 15 2010 (ST)
Unity state governor Taban Deng Gai speaks to the media as registration for South Sudan’s independence referendum begins, Bentiu Town, Nov. 15 2010 (ST)
During a press conference in Bentiu town, Gai said, that opportunity to vote in the referendum that could split Africa’s largest country.

“Everyone in the communities especially those who have right to vote as per those above seventeen years are to get register and would be confident to vote in the month of referendum voting”, Gai said.

Governor Taban urged the citizen to remember their fallen heroes and wounded fighters and those who died in the Sudan People Liberation Movement’s conflict with various Khartoum governments.

Unity state is committed to holding the rereferendum as agreed in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement between Sudan’s ruling party and the former rebels the Sudanese People Liberation movement (SPLA/M), who have governed the south for the last 6 years, he said.

Gai tried to incentivize the states counties commissioners by saying that any county with high results registration rates will be appreciate at a state level.

Turnout appeared to be high on the first day of voter registration in Unity state.

(ST)