Wednesday, January 19, 2011

In Sudan, provisional referendum results indicate landslide independence vote

From ENS-

An early line from local polling stations in southern Sudan reveals that the vast majority of votes cast in the historic referendum are in favor of independence.

Episcopal Church missionaries Robin Denney and Larry Duffee joined Rebecca Coleman, international coordinator for the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, in visiting polling stations in Juba on Jan. 16, the day after the referendum voting closed.

Of the 16 polling stations they visited in southern Sudan's capital city, an average voter turnout of 95 percent was recorded and those in favor of independence totaled 97 percent.

"We only meant to visit a couple, but the more we visited the more we wanted to see," Denney said in an e-mail to ENS. "Other people were out doing the same thing, and it felt like a scavenger hunt of witnessing history."

The polls opened to voters on Jan. 9, the sixth anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that brought an end to a 21-year civil war that claimed 2 million lives and displaced many millions more. The referendum is one of the CPA's main provisions.

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