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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)
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.

(ST)