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JUBA: general reaction to the results of Sudan’s 2010 elections


April 26, 2010 (JUBA) – Residents in Juba, the capital of the semi-autonomous Southern Sudan, have expressed mixed reactions to the outcome of the recently conducted presidential, gubernatorial and parliamentary elections in Sudan.

Southern Sudanese military and police forces patrol following the announcements of elections results in Juba, southern Sudan, Monday, April 26, 2010. (AP)

Following the official Monday’s announcement of winners in the presidential and gubernatorial elections, Sudan Tribune sought comments from across the spectrum. These included random general reactions from officials as well as ordinary citizens in the streets from different political parties.

In the results of the national presidential race, incumbent President Omer Hassan el-Bashir got 68.2% votes of the more than six million Sudanese who cast their vote during the five days of polling. He defeated other eleven presidential candidates, some of whom boycotted the elections before polling day.

In the South, the incumbent President of the region, Salva Kiir Mayardit, got 93% of the more than two million votes counted, defeating his only rival, Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, who got only 7%.

In the gubernatorial elections in the ten states of Southern Sudan, nine were won by the SPLM candidates and only one was won by an independent candidate, Joseph Bakosoro of Western Equatoria state.

Commenting after the announcement was made, Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, wife of late Dr. John Garang de Mabior, and currently the Presidential Advisor on Gender and Human Rights in the Government of Southern Sudan, said she was expecting more than 93% from the presidential result. She however was quick to add that the winning percentage was also satisfactory.

Generally, people’s reactions to Salva Kiir’s overwhelming winning percentage were harmonious despite their different political parties’ backgrounds. About 95% of the people who gave their comments to Sudan Tribune said they voted for the SPLM candidate, Salva Kiir despite the fact that about 40% of them were from different Southern Sudan political parties.

When asked why they voted overwhelmingly for Kiir and not for his challenger, Dr. Lam Akol, the respondents gave a variety of reasons. These ranged from seeing SPLM as CPA partner and therefore the torch holder towards the referendum in 2011.

They also pointed to the SPLM’s perceived direct connection with the SPLA forces for the defense of the referendum in case of any eventuality, hence citing the importance of SPLM candidate winning the presidency and continuing to command the SPLA forces for smooth relations between the two and harmonious response to any situation of that kind.

The respondents also cited unity of the people of Southern Sudan as paramount, saying voting for Kiir and his running mate and Vice President designate, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, also means voting for the unity of the people of Southern Sudan and its collective leadership under the SPLM as the flag bearer party.

One respondent who said was member of a non-SPLM party but voted for Salva Kiir summed it up by saying “voting for SPLM Presidential candidate meant voting for CPA; it meant voting for self-determination; and it also meant voting for a capable defense of the referendum.”

A good percentage of them however indicated that if the elections were to be conducted after the referendum, some of their immediate priorities that guided their choices during the recent presidential elections would change.

They further explained that they may focus on particular personalities that are development-oriented in addition to some other necessary merits instead of the current generalized support behind a party.


When it came to the gubernatorial elections in the states, most of the respondents had a complete different view from how they perceived presidential elections at the level of the Government of Southern Sudan.

The general view was that unlike the presidential elections, personality of candidates and their developmental programs mattered to them irrespective of political parties such candidates had come from.

They touched with condemnation on the reported irregularities and vote rigging in the states. To them the ruling party, the SPLM, should have left the states elections free and fair so that gubernatorial and parliamentary elections would have reflected the true choices of the people even before the referendum.

Some of them cited the defeat of the former SPLM officials, turned independents, as a case in point. To them many independent gubernatorial candidates are popular and would have won governorship positions in many states if votes meant for them were not rigged.

Officials of States High Elections Committees, who were supposed to be neutral in the electoral process, were as well criticized for allegedly succumbing to intimidations by the ruling SPLM officials through their security operatives, or bowing down to material gains.

They alleged that the situation resulted to rigging or inflating of votes, in favor of incumbent SPLM candidates during entry of results into computer data system, before submitting the results to the National Elections Commission (NEC) headquarters in Khartoum.


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  • 27 April 2010 05:31, by babadit

    Dear Readers,

    I am a very strong SPLM/A who have done great things at this great moment of the campaign, but My ideas differ in the way Democratics Election should have been conduct to the standard the pleases the voters themselves, but not by imposing wrong choices to them. The first mistake has been the political Breau who messed up the createria for selection of candidates whom are less popular at the grassroot and force the people to vote for such a lunatic.
    Let’s put a close watch on them this time, because as far as i know this same people who cheated us will come back to us in few months from now.
    look at Unity State, NBG, Central Equatoria for gubnatorial positions, only messes..............................
    so please this should only be first and last time it happen in the south here.

    Bravo salva........................

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    • 27 April 2010 06:54, by Gatwech


      Poor citizens have truly poured out their feelings and why they voted in the manner they voted.

      1/ They voted for self-determination and SPLA forces under the SPLM.

      2/ They voted for the "running mates" Kiir/Dr. Machar in keeping the unity of the people.

      3/ They said they would vote differently after 2011 by putting personalities of canidates and their programs in place. This was not considered in this election. What a true expression!

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      • 27 April 2010 06:59, by Gatwech

        In this South Sudan presidency elections where Salvatore Kiir and his popular running mate, Dr. Riek Machar won 93%, it probably resulted like this:

        Kiir got 13% of the votes and Dr. Machar’s supporters contributed 80% of the votes, making the total of 93%.

        It is a wise thing to contest as "running mates" or "twin candidates" in elections because it pays.

        Keep up the good team work Kiir/Dr. Machar.

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  • 27 April 2010 05:35, by Akot Deng

    haaaaaaa, bravo to H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit and the citizens of Soutern Sudan for having choosen our savior SPLM. i wondered where the reaction comes about let us call those reactions to be generated fustrated groups.
    long live splm, long live spla

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    • 27 April 2010 06:56, by Gatwech


      Those are positive reactions. Or you don’t know the meaning of reaction. I assume you think it is always negative.

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    • 27 April 2010 07:02, by Lokorai

      Col Bokosoro, return to the SPLM per your promise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  • 27 April 2010 05:46, by julius mowanga

    This survey proves that the will of the people has been stoled and the election was rigged, the voting results were inflated,and revealed our real enemy is SPLM/A.

    The Un-Democratic Dictator SPLM/A will never transform itself into a democratic political power,or even discipline its miltia SPLA,or lay the foundation of orgnizd conventional South Sudan Army .

    It’s awackward step to our liberation efforts,and it is the begining o0f a fierce struggle to gain our our civil rights from this Oppressor in a suite of our liberator.


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  • 27 April 2010 05:46, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    papa Kiir maryardick is too old to exercise politics, he even fail to quote the real key behind his victory. If not because of oncoming referendum I personally declare that Kiir would have lose his seat to Akol. Second chance will come.

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    • 27 April 2010 06:06, by man of men

      Brother kiir mayardit is atrue God gave leader that can be respected by every human being like DR John Garang

      Amen may God bless them

      death to risk machar teny dhurdoggon

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  • 27 April 2010 06:53, by Kuer Dau Apai

    Kiir Mayardit and his fellow’s leaders of GoSS have showed the significant steps in politics experiences and hope to double-up for the REFERENDUM. It sounds amaze that the SPLM has won the 9-states among the 10-states of South Sudan and leaving only one state.

    The doubts rise for the unfair election are always there in every election given that this is the first election in South Sudan and Sudan large, the expectation the rigs was more than what is being experienced now!

    Despite all those, let just move!!! Southerners should start to count that there will be more positions and more chances to lead if they think twice before just vote for the Referendum.

    By Kuer Dau Apai

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  • 27 April 2010 07:52, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Believe me dear readers,

    Clement Wani Konga of CES is appointed not elected, this is all. Reasons behind this is simple, CES is the Seat of SPLA Government, so for this they see that if some one who can not agree with them hold the position of Governorship in CES would be catastrophe to their ill-policies in the State, as we all know that Clement promised to give more Lands to Dinkas in CES in particular and may go far to other States in Greater Equatoria.

    The Policy of divide and rule is inherited by Dinkas from their Bosses Arabs, So they applied this to CES Tribes, which for sure would lead to deadly confusion in the State.
    For this misunderstanding which serve few in South Sudan, we would rather in Greater Equatoria States apt voting for Unity than Separation because it is shame for one Tribe to colonize more than 100 Tribes in South Sudan wide.

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    • 27 April 2010 08:55, by Aparana

      Brother Hillary,

      We have to vote for separation otherwise dinka will collaborate with arabs under unity and rule us. Under a separate South Sudan, Greater equatoria plus mighty Nuer and Shulluk can take over power buy all means.



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      • 27 April 2010 09:08, by Gatwech

        Dear readers,

        Dinka are nothing after referendum.

        They are allowed to mess up issues now and eat in order for them to love separation in the hope that they will still dominate leadership in South Sudan.

        After referendum things will be different. You will be surprised that Dinka is not a headache any more.

        So don’t be so scary to the extent of making wrong decisions.

        Separation of the South is the best permanent option while Dinka is temporary which end is already calculated.

        Mark my words! They will not remain a headache beyond 2011.

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        • 28 April 2010 15:08, by Khent


          Is this another one of your hollow ’predictions’? Remember when YOU ’predicted’, that Salva Kirr would not be re-elected as President?

          Or when YOU also ’predicted’ the demise of this "Dinka government", with the belief that it would end in two months? With this specific ’prediction’ being made at the end of 2009.

          These ’predictions, were finished off with YOUR quintessential "mark my words"! Your words have been marked — they are the pharisaic howels of a bitter and powerless child.

          Ps: Separation actually serves us well... Our enemies in Khartoum will NO longer be able to assist YOU! As Khartoum’s oil field Guard-Dogs... YOUR *Masters* will NOT be able to hear your howels for weapons, ammunition and supplies, as was the case in the past.

          Your ilk also barks on and on about how you hate the enemy — But as Khartoum’s oil field Guard-Dogs, you come off as terribly pretentious.

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      • 27 April 2010 10:37, by Dekery

        Look Hillary and Aparana,

        Just see at a mere angle, you are just an arrogant bari who think that the independent candidate for CES may win the SPLM official candidate. Do you think all people vote for you make analysis here before polluting and concluding whether you want separetion or unity. If you vote for unity is your choice but do you think you are worthy majority of southern Sudan?

        Your people had been making noise here and there, dancing, drinking, eating bulls selling the victory before the result ALL IN VAIN. Look the stupidity committed by you and your stooges allience. you better say the truth here, every body has witness the election and blindly you are here making a joke of appointment. Men what point are you trying to sell? Only accept the result to reciprocate the statment your people had been preaching every where.

        Clement Wani is now back as Governor elect for CES and for surely he knew his enemies now since the campaigning period instead be good now so that you are forgiven. So that the Governor elect come out with new stratigies to correct the weaknesses.

        Dekery is ready now!!!!!!

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        • 27 April 2010 13:43, by Aparana

          Dekery or What ever you call your self,

          When did clement become an SPLM? He was fighting the SPLA during the struggle, when Ladu Gore was working for the formation of our South Sudan Nation. In fact, Liet. general Alfred Ladu Gore won the election by 59.8%; Clement got 31% James Loro 6.8% Peter abdelrahman Sule 2.2% and Ayine Rechard 0.2%. this result was true untill yesterday 12:00 hrs. Kiir has only submitted to the presure made by Nyandeng Garang that has caused the results change. The international observers also know that. But, for the seck of the approaching referandum in 2011, no problem Clement Wani is still an equatorian.


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      • 28 April 2010 00:36, by Padiet Gagag

        Let no body worry about greedly people Dinka leadershipe is now to end,Now their aim is unity according to their Maletia leader Abel Alier. Last time he called the meeting which is for Dinka tribe, he decieved them and said let no any single dinka vote for separation vote for the unity so that dinka can stay in the leadershipe if you will not, make sure the leadershipe would not be on your hand according to his words.

        Wow who are they even thought the vote while other southerness vote for separation how can they win? they will just only stay with arab like Ayie of their clan God bless southerness exccept Ayual.

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    • 27 April 2010 09:05, by hard liner

      Bravo Man, you are a true equatorian, its infact the high time we start creating unity’’ the grater equatoria’’ you know when headed by a cow you will become a cow too. Its now and since then that i used to tell others the so called dinkas are really the second jalaba in equatoria they have looted the goverment offices of millions of dollars and driving high class vehicles the V8s in less than a year in office, soon we shall smoke them out like rats from a hole, they have corrupted the so called government of south sudan which is now called the ’’government of self service’’ with their corrupt minds and putting illitrates in high positions as ministers with no good education backgrounds. I dont know how even they look in those offices with their ugly structures. Go to hell..... mafuckers

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      • 27 April 2010 12:03, by black-hope

        My friend keeps crying but no accuse b’se the fact is that splm don’t allow devils to be leaders, who want to disunite citizens.

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        • 27 April 2010 12:11, by Dekery

          Yes Black Hope,

          You have a great idea for this littles maggots


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          • 27 April 2010 13:32, by Hillary B.M.L,M

            Black Hope& Dekery

            Eat quickly before dawn, soon you will not get even spoonful of Water.
            God say he is going to make Dinkas Males nonproductive worldwide with the exception of Ladies which after all are not producing Dinkas but Nephews to Dinkas.


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    • 27 April 2010 09:57, by Angelo Yum

      Dear readers

      I am definitely agree with Rebecca Nyandeng she said her expectation toward election results was more than 93% in actual sense H.E Salva Kiir got 100% of votes but he donated 7% to his colleague Dr Lam Akol because he got 0% vote.

      Where is Augustino Deng i was expecting his comment. Today you are Mrs Deng come on please.Gatwech thanks for translation he doesn’t know the meaning of reaction i appreciated your inputs

      SPLM oyeeeeeeeeeeeee

      Salva Kiir oyeeeeeeeeeeeee

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      • 27 April 2010 19:19, by Afredo christiani

        Hillary B.M.I.M

        You are the last foolish in the earth .how come Dinkas not to get spoonful water in the south? Hillary you’re in the hiding place up to date, just behind computer to write unpredicted things to happen .stupid who was brought up with stolen money.

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        • 27 April 2010 22:57, by mack waweru

          I am filled with bliss for people, southern Sudanese for overwhelmingly for SPLM candidate, Salva Kiir Mayardit. I am happy because the 93% is going to be the same outcome in referendum for our independence from the subjugation. I am very optimistic about southerners’ consciousness. We should not be worried about what they will do in referendum, but about the obstacles the enemy would employ.

          God bless our conscious people wherever they are.

          Mack Awer

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    • 30 April 2010 05:53, by paul

      hey you idiot. how dare you talk of our governor as such?unless you are driven by some sinister motives, gen. clement wani is not the person you always say he is. and from your words you must be a bari and so driven by jealousy. please guy accept defeat. infact without him in juba, first the arabs would have kill all you people, beggining with those of cirilo, jadalla, samani and many others whom he saved in the 1992 juba killings. you have just said that he sells land to the dinkas. what a sham.how dare you accuse of crimes he never committed?
      you know what friend, the english say EMPTY VESSELS MAKE THE MOST NOISE. and this is exactly what you stupid gore did in just gone elections. and even went on to declare himself winner before the results were out.

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  • 28 April 2010 00:04, by Wunashuei

    Dear brothers and sisters can someone tell me the different between state government and the GOSS? why because some reaction from the supporters of so-called independents are saying that they voted the SPLM Presidential candidate for the GOSS coz of the protection of CPA as well as the referendum. well, if I can ask them these few questions:

    1. how will the CPA be protected if the state Governors are not an SPLM Members?

    2. how will the laws governing the referendum be pass by the Assembly which is dominated by non SPLM MPs?

    I think if they revise their reasoning then they will find that they are completely wrong. President alone can not bring any change, but collectives uniform ideas from same people of common interest (SPLM/CPA) is the only way to bring change, and these people of common interest are SPLM.

    So my dear southerners we must be very careful when we think of our future, voting for Kiir alone and voting out all the SPLM candidates for Gubernatorial and parliamentarians posts will indeed jeopardize the CPA and the self-determination of the people of South Sudan as well.

    So let not separate the head from the whole body and think that the head will work alone, it need the legs, arms, heart and the whole body for it to work properly and correctly.

    Otherwise I congratulate all the winners of this election and the people of South Sudan as well

    My God bless u all.

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    • 28 April 2010 05:24, by Abuk D- Nhial

      Good tru fact to declare the legible win of Kiir Mayardit.

      Gatweech and Kim were born native of doom understandings among nuer. They
      will end mad for ever. At least minimise going to KFC in Melbourne and understand what SPLM is ! This Riek whom you have been hiking up saying he persuaded 80% to vote for Kiir, is doubly untrue but that is not the case, Riek is wise enough to know that repent has many activities to be shown. Please leave Riek alone and talk of your selfish interest or if you are Riek’s daughter, give your father a chance of supporting SPLM wholeheartedly inorder to achieve the goal of being a permanent vice chairperson during referendum.

      All in all, Kiir has never forgotten of his people and off to North. So get to advise Lam that Abuk D Nhial has been playing a great role leading to his shameful defeat of 7% and Kiir with 93% wuh !
      I live for my people not for my self !!.

      Happy to let all know that Bharelgazel Youth Union was recently formed last month in Australia (NSW). The meeting gathered 544 Baregazelians Youths and Local leaders. The election was peacefully organised to elect a very educated and a honest capable boy from Gogrial among 4 candidates. He the (chairman) was by name, John Akol Mayuot (gogrial), Mr. Dr Ajou (Aweil) Mr. Maluach Madit Maluach (Rumbek), mrs Ayiei Madut Ring (Gogrial), Mr. Kon Awillo (Aweil) General Matung Lueth (Rumbek), queen Achol Jiel Marong..... with others. I know their wisdom and how capable they are...
      Wish them good reputations in this gov.t

      Note: I persuade them to work for SPLM as my boy friend/ girlfriend is among these body....

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      • 28 April 2010 21:30, by Gatwech


        I know it is bitter for you to swallow the truth I am telling you. Please it is clear from the people that they did NOT vote for Salvatore Kiir as a person.

        The people voted for self-determination through the referendum that will lead to independence. But do you know who championed this self-determination in 1991?

        It is Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon who championed self-determination. In this case people voted for Dr. Riek using Kiir’s shadow in the ballot box.

        I know that jealousy is consuming your soul alive. Take it easy and accept the truth.

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        • 29 April 2010 12:22, by Abuk D- Nhial

          Gatweech, My sister,
          I am a very humble person, yet I know, the past, present and future.
          Education it self does not qualify person to a certain position but characters and right belief take people to the significant places. You seem intelegent but sleeping while walking. The power of current tribe,(Dinka) is growing simultaneously in term of education, legible policy or even in millitary. But we do not mean to jealous you the selfish spectators, we want to get united and liberate our people of South Sudan from the bondage of arabs’coonialism. But your eyes are so closed that they never see what dinka is doing for us all.
          For me I like all leaders including Riek whom you are talking about but I hate Kim Deng who always say "Jang slave’ !!!

          Please to think childishly means you bear the consequences of your weak attitudes.
          I even know the street where you live in Melbourne but you can’t believe, can you ?

          I am comfort and independent in the country where I live. Love you all.


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