Sudan-referendum Southerners in northern Sudan vote for separation

By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)


Khartoum, (Sudanow) - The majority of southerners who are still staying in the north have chosen to vote for separation, the Southern Sudan Referendum commission said.

The Spokesperson for the Southern Sudan Referendum

Commission, Dr Suaad Eissa, said out of the 116,857 illegible southerners who registered for the referendum, 69,597 turned out the polling centers. She said out of this number27, 918 voted for unity that is 40.11% against 38,003 who voted for separation that is 54.6%.

Ms Eissa said outside the Sudan where in 8 countries some 60,216 southerners registered, over 58,000 turned in to vote, with a meager  841 persons voting in favor of unity, that is a mere 1.44%  against a whooping 57,048, voting for separation, that is 98.02%.


The spokesperson said the only area in northern Sudan where southerners have voted for unity was in South Darfur, an area close to southern Sudan, where 59.43% of the southern voters said they wanted unity against 34.59% voting for separation. The discrepancies between the pros and cons could be a result of spoiled voting card or empty, unmarked polling papers.

The results from southern Sudan proper would come later.

The overall results would be announced on February the 7th.

The referendum is the last part in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in the Kenyan town of Naivasha, 2005, between the government of the Sudan and the southern rebel Sudan People liberation Movement.


The agreement which ended 22 years of civil war has stipulated that  the southern Sudanese be given the right to exercise self determination and that this should be carried out by a referendum in which the majority of southerners would decide whether to create a new state in southern Sudan or remain part of the greater Sudan.


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