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South Sudan: Registered voters nears 1 million mark in first week

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By Julius N. Uma

November 23, 2010 (JUBA) - A total of 997, 121 voters, representing about 34 percent of the estimated southern population, have so far registered for the regions vote on independence in January, according to the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau (SSRB).

Justice Chan Reec Madut, SSRB’s boss addressing the media in Juba upon receiving voters registration materials recently. The number of registered voters in South Sudan has hit 1million in a period of one week. (ST)

The figure releases is based on reports obtained from 891 registration centers, mainly the larger urban areas. South Sudan has a total of 2,623 registration center spread across the region.

Registration for the secession vote, agreed as part of a 2005 north-south peace deal, began on November 15 and ends on December 1. The referendum bureau said that the turnout was encouraging.

“Having close to a million people registered within just a period of one week from commencement of official voter’s registration is commendable. We encourage this kind of spirit and urge those who have not yet registered to do so within the remaining days,” Achier Deng, SSRB’s Commissioner for operations told journalists Tuesday.

The southern-based body acknowledged the challenges face in accessing some rural locations. It said it had identified centers, which were in dire need of additional materials and ensured they were delivered immediately.

Deng said, “More than 50 centers have been re-supplied and over 1,690 books and 169 kits have been sent out to aid in the re-supplying of centers where the turn-out has been high in the first week of registration.”

The SSRB Commissioner urged voters to seek alternative registration centers within their vicinity, in the event that they encounter long queues or shortage of materials at the first center they visit.

He specifically appealed to women in the semi-autonomous region to turn out in large numbers and register during the process. Deng urged men to support their wives, mothers and children who are eligible for registration.

Achier Deng, SSRB’s Commissioner for operations (L) flanked by Samuel Maccar, his counterpart for public outreach addressing the media in Juba on November 19, 2010 (ST)

On the status of the Diaspora situation, Deng said registration is progressing as planned with the exception of Egypt. A delegation from Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) is expected in Egypt, before voting begins in Sudan’s northern neighbor.

The other countries registering voters are: Australia, Canada, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, UK, and US.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited accreditation of the media, initially earmarked to begin prior to the registration process has begun. Accreditation will, according to SSRB, ensure that journalists have unhindered access to referendum centers and people involved in the process.

The referendum, a key part of the 2005 Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) is scheduled for January 9, 2011.

(ST)

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  • 24 November 2010 04:19, by Atari _Omoni

    That is good news to hear, but we still have more days to go.we urge all the citizens to turnout with huge number.

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  • 24 November 2010 04:37, by Anyang

    This is eventually a sign of enthusiasm a mongst Southern Sudanese and they must ensured that,the level of consistencies and steadness is maintained through out the remaining days.

    Also, the commissioner in-charge of Southern Sudan’s registration here in South, have to do more than talking incases of accessibility inorder to be to update which what is needed.

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  • 24 November 2010 04:40, by Hardlinner

    mr Julius you need to check your maths. one million registered voters is not equivalent to 34 percent of Made Up population of southern sudanese by NCP but rather 12 percent. in proportion to exact population of south sudan, the registered voters are just 6.6 percent. therefore we expect 7 time the registered voters to later register.

    reporters needs to be good mathematically as well as linguistically. so make sure to verify you finding before posting it.

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    • 24 November 2010 04:53, by Andrew Ater REECH

      Hardliner,

      keep your mouth shut if you got nothing to say.

      who told you that we need to register 6 million,
      khatoum said that southerners are 7million during the census,
      therefore, adult are approximately 3 millions.
      go khartoum were you came from.

      also, show who you are, don’t be coward.

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      • 24 November 2010 13:45, by Ezekiel Dau Nyoch

        Why do you waste your time answering such comment he knew nothing about Southern Sudan let him go back to north or keep quite when citizens are talking, don’t be stupid

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        • 24 November 2010 20:55, by Joseph Canada

          Just to comment on what the Brother hardliner said,
          It is unfortunate that we still have the elements of this kind after all the freedom that we saw bein implimented in the south in 5yrs. My friend, if you are paid by your slave master to talk like that, weldone. you are his good Servant. For us, we are not going to be a Servants to the slave masters of yours whom you enjoy coocking tea every morning just to give you chance to sleep on the Corido anymore.When you go to the Bible, You are one of those who are left in Sodom and Gomora City when Nahamiah came to take those willingback to the safe land. I would like you to stay North or if you happen to be in South, go back North and you will be burnt into Ashes Once your Master realised that Your mother actually abandoned you long time ago.

          For the Brothers, i have agood news for you!! We in canada are doingour level best to leave No one unregistered for we are the victims of that War.We are living in the Foreign Land and soon we are Coming home. To the Land of Milk and honey!!.. So LORD BLESS SOUTH SUDAN!!!!!

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