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South Sudan’s ten states report successes in polling

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By James Gatdet Dak

April 16, 2010 (JUBA) – Reports from all the ten states of Southern Sudan have indicated that the five days polling were successful and peaceful despite irregularities and claims of intimidations and arrests in some parts of the semi-autonomous region.

A polling station official empties a ballot box for the start of counting in Juba, southern Sudan on Friday, April 16, 2010. (AP)

There were also unconfirmed reports of isolated minor incidences resulting to lost of lives in some spots, however the polling went on successfully with some states reported to have covered nearly 90% of the registered voters as both official Southern Sudan Radio and TV plus independent international, regional and local media gave full coverage to the exercise.

The first day of polling was marked by widespread irregularities of names missing, misplacements and delays which were squarely blamed on administrative and technical errors instead of intentional attempt of fraudulence.

Improvements in tackling the irregularities were recognized in the last two days of the polling which officially closed on Thursday.

Voters were generally satisfied and happy about the exercise, hoping that the results which are due to be announced by Tuesday next week would be accepted and pave the way for the region to begin preparing for the “most important” awaited referendum on independence of Southern Sudan nine months from now [January 2011].

More than three million Southern Sudanese were expected to have voted to elect their representatives among more than two thousand candidates contesting for ten gubernatorial positions and parliamentary seats at national, Southern Sudan and states levels.

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced that counting of votes would begin today, Friday, during which about 27 unopposed candidates in the country will also be announced winners.

Final results including presidential winners in both Sudan and Southern Sudan are expected to be announced by Tuesday next week.

The first multi-party executive and parliamentary election in 24 years, since 1986, was part of the peace deal to end 21 years of the North-South civil war. The deal, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), was signed in January 2005 between the dominant political party in the North, the National Congress Party (NCP) and the ruling party in the South, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

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  • 17 April 2010 04:55, by Gatwech

    Good news. May God bless the results.

    Angelina Teny is reported to have already led by a wide margin in Unity state. The people have spoken!!!

  • 17 April 2010 04:56, by Aarai Baka

    Breaking news, in some northern States, Yasir Arman is leading with margin of 79% while Bashir holding second position 20% and other with 1%.

    • 17 April 2010 05:18, by kumkan

      This is what we have been waiting for a very long time to see the belonging citizens of South Sudan decideing who to cast their vote for. A strong signal has been send to whose who manipulate the system and not it is the time for citizen whom you have been cheating to on their county money to decide whether they want cheater to keep looting their money or not. This is a severe grieven for cheater to pay for what they did wrong.

    • 17 April 2010 05:24, by Ajang Aguer Pageer

      Aarai Baka-you are funny!!

      It would be funny if Yasir wins.However,I don’t think if NEC would allow that,after all,he doesn’t have agents to oversee his ballots now.

    • 17 April 2010 06:00, by Gatwech

      What are the names of these "some northern states" you are dreaming about? A sane person cannot waste his or her vote on a ghost candidate. What is the use of voting for a shadow of an officially removed candidate.

      Even if he gets a 100%, it will simply be regarded as "mock" results. Do you understand what I mean. And by the way, Yasser Arman will not even reach 25% of the overall votes in Sudan. Mark my words. Most voters in the South have voted for Bashir.

    • 17 April 2010 07:26, by kuminyandi

      Arari Baka,

      What you’ve reported is incorrect. Mr. Arman is not leading, I have just verified that. The only Northern State that declared initial results is RiverNile State, and Bashir is leading by 96% in presidential race. Also NCP is leading by 95% on other levels of the poll. Thanks

      Kumi,

    • 17 April 2010 22:58, by mack waweru

      Aarai Baka,

      What a white lie! You are making a laughing stock of yourself. This "breaking news" of yours might be from another planet.

      Mack Awer

  • 17 April 2010 05:13, by Dinka Boy

    Thanks to those South Sudanese who spent their spare time in long line because of the election. We South Sudanese need this election as the start and the pre-condition of democracy and referendum. I really give special thanks to SPLM-the party which brought South Sudanese this kind of freedom during the dark period. Our heros liberate South Sudanese and indeed,they redemned Southerners from Slavery other we would be from nowhere if SPLM did not took sucessful arms against Khartoum government. A proud person like me can not talk negative about SPLM because SPLM liberate us and still will take Southerners to the respected place. SPLM suffered lots of setback,but she brought the peace and democracy through CPA. We have to say thanks to Dr John Garang de Mabior and our SPLA heros alive or dead. I know people are now drinking and eating their sweat and blood but it’s ok. They deserved respect though they did not taste the single dim,but their leagacy prevailed.
    Thanks

  • 17 April 2010 05:34, by Dinka Boy

    Ajang Aguer,
    If Yasir Arman win,then he will be the president of Sudan according the CPA and there is no way NEC can deny him because SPLM withdraw him at the last minute after 45day past. Even NEC already said that Arman box containing his names will still be there in voting stations. Can you chect the result of one county in Lake State, Arman was the leading figure. This withdrawal of Arman was not an official one, it was just aviolation that can not be tolerated by proud SPLM memebers. It is your responsibility to take your own course.
    Thanks

    • 17 April 2010 06:05, by Gatwech

      Ahahahahahaaaaaaaaa.........I will be monitoring the shaking lips of Abel Alier as he announces Yasser Arman the winner.

      Yasser Arman will not even get 25% of overall votes. Mark my words.

      And by the way, why waste time with the shadow of a ghost candidate who unilaterally chickened away from the presidential race. Why after a coward?

      • 17 April 2010 06:17, by Dinka Boy

        Hey Gatwech,

        I don,t care about the results,but i really want SPLM to participate in this election so that we go with the follow of CPA,and that is it. Now, i am happy that our people are voting for Arman because the law is documented.
        Even though Arman get 1% then that will make me and SPLM acknowledge rather than living position blank.
        Thanks

        • 17 April 2010 06:27, by jack chuol

          That is good,just to fulfile the CPA "anyway" Arman was wrong to demand Boycoying of the elections.

    • 17 April 2010 06:15, by Ajang Aguer Pageer

      Dinka Boy,

      What I meant by Yasir being denied the presidential seat is by rigging the results by NEC for Al Bashir.Arman’s withdrawal tricked NCP at some point although it turned away some angered voters from voting for him.As the NCP ’knew’ that Arman was out of the race,they were not very serious on stealing the votes and forcing voters to vote for Al Bashir especially in the north during the voting period,but as they have realized how voters persisted to vote for Arman,they will now start rigging even if it appears to be too late for them.

    • 17 April 2010 06:19, by jack chuol

      Dinka Boy.

      I don’t understand your position,because Arman is against the separation of Southern Sudan, are you aware of that or no? If you don’t beleive that Arman is against separation just fine out sir.thank u

      • 17 April 2010 06:37, by Dinka Boy

        jack chuol ,

        My position is to have South Sudan separate from the North because they have been manipulating and undermining the South for centuries,but this can not deny Yasir Arman from presidenci in Sudan.

        Arman can not deny the referendum of South like Omer bashier who violated the referendum through violent like the way he used to be in the country. Furthermore, yassir Arman never said that i am going to forced Southerners to unite with North because referendum is the right of South Sudansese like you.It is not about the Dr Garang de Mabior/Salva kiir or Omer Bashier,it’s the responsibility of South Citizens to vote for something that suit them( Unity or separation). Ok!

        Yes, you will not understand how leaders operate because they are always long-term oriented then your short term oriented.
        Now, what are the cues that show that Arman is against the Separation of the South? please take leadership courses so that you can better understand the characteristics of great leaders.

        I know you want some who sing and who can unwisely says that we want separation and we hate Northers to death. No, that is not how leaders act. I hope you will take some courses to sharpen your leadership style.
        Thanks

      • 17 April 2010 06:38, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

        To jack chuol

        If Mr Arman win the election. that is mean most people in the north will be set free from bashir evil act of tribe vs tribe so if we have a love of sudaness people who are suffering in bashir’s hand than we need to change his evil rules and make it as the rules of lows and that is to make him win the election

        but in another way mr Arman is more better than risk machar becaused he is not a nyagatism he fought for us long time and he deserve to be leader than bashir the ex_ boss of slave risk machar teny dogzdhurgonis death to riek machar

        • 17 April 2010 08:06, by Machingela gai

          Dominated Spla,

          YOUR USING LANGUAGE IS NOT CLEAN PLEASE. YOU TRY TO CLEAN IT UP AND USE SOME SUITABLE WORDS.
          IT IS GOOD TO ATTACK ANY WEB PARTICIPANT INSTEAD OF A GUY WHO IS NONE PARNTICIPANT.

          FOR GOD SAKE, AVOID DIATRIBE LANGUAGE ON THE WEB.
          I WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY IF YOU DO THAT...THANK YOU!

          • 17 April 2010 08:07, by Machingela gai

            What is stupidity?

            Human problems and faiures are not started afar or from outside but from the inside of you. It takes baseless opinions to be your truth, one denies what others say over the issues, a guy can pretend to know everything eventhough he is not near knowledge and he can rush to a conclusion even if the formulation of his approach does not provide him a final closure to his assertion. And any person like that is not intelligent at all; he just a self-seeking person. His mental inferior allows him to be everything like he thinks he is himself. Have you ever noticed anything of the kind? Have you ever seen someone with behavoirs against himself like that? That is by all way a stupidity. A stupidity begins with odd behavoirs toward others. What I always think negative against others is my stupidity, and who does that to others is his stupidity. I will one day get its part if I fit that desciptions and who esle? What is human stupdity?

        • 17 April 2010 08:08, by Padiet Gagag

          Dinka boy

          You are blind since you were born, you support nothing from Arman. Because this Cannable fear to run for presindent that is why he given his position to Arman. Riek fought Arab then he did, but you hated him for nothing he is innoncent person he is not a killer. with out him and Dr. lam there might be no referendom in south,while our late leader claim only Sudan as whole or new sudan that is why he losted in the air.

          Nuer have never been slaved like you they are warrior.there is no way throw naath away from sudan,if you try it there must be no dinka any more.

  • 17 April 2010 08:38, by Dinka Boy

    Padiet gang,

    Yasir Arman is our hero unlike traitor riek who fought against SPLM.
    Thanks



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