SSRC says south Sudan referendum to be conducted in smooth, peaceful atmospheres

23:41, January 07, 2011      

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The Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) on Friday said that it was convinced that south Sudan referendum, to begin on Sunday, would be conducted smoothly and in peaceful atmospheres.

"We have tight coordination with all the security and police authorities together with the political parties concerned with the referendum process and therefore we are sure that the referendum would be conducted in a smooth manner and in peaceful and stable atmospheres," Mohamed Osman al-Nijoumi, SSRC secretary general, told reporters.

He affirmed that all arrangements have been completed to begin the vote in south Sudan referendum Sunday, explaining that "all the voting centers have completed their procedures and received all the referendum materials. They are ready to begin the vote on Jan. 9, 2011."

He added that the SSRC would publish the final lists of the voters on Saturday and defended the delay in the publication of the final lists, saying that "you are aware of the circumstances which led to delaying the publication of the lists. We have worked under time pressures where there was no enough time to fulfill the timetables."

According to al-Nijoumi, the total eligible registered southern Sudanese voters amounted to 4,100,060 voters.

The southern Sudanese are expected to head for the voting centers to vote in the referendum to decide whether the region should remain united with north Sudan or secede to establish an independent State.

The referendum was stipulated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), inked between north and south Sudan in 2005, which ended a two-decade civil war between the two sides.

Source: Xinhua
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