2nd Day of Ongoing 2011 Southern Sudanese independence referendum

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Sudan – International news sites are now reporting about the crucial election taking place in Southern Sudan, which started on January 9 and will end on January 15, 2011. The election is a referendum whether or not the Southern region should remain part of Sudan or be independent. This was the result of the 2005 Naivasha Agreement between the Khartoum central government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M).

Reports say that election precincts are crowded, for two days, voters are waiting for hours just to cast their ballots in this historical event in Sudan.

The south, which is mainly Christian, is set to split apart from the north, which is Arab and Muslim. The two sides ended a 23-year civil war in 2005 with a peace deal that called for this week’s vote.

Out of Country (OCV) voting is also going on and according to SudanTribune.com, an estimated 15,000 Southern Sudanese are expected to turn up at eight polling stations in Kenya. There are reported 60,241 voters registered abroad.

OCV in Kenya is organized by the Khartoum-based Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), the official organizing body, with logistical and technical assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM involvement is pursuant to the Southern Sudan Referendum Act, which tasked the UN-migration arm with enfranchising Southern Sudanese abroad.

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