Sudan turnout to pass 60 pct threshold: commission (Thursday, 13 January 2011 )

Sudan turnout to pass 60 pct threshold: commission
Thursday, 13 January 2011

Addis Ababa
, January 13 (WIC) - South Sudan moved a step closer to independence on Wednesday after organisers of its secession referendum said the vote's turnout would pass the 60 percent threshold it needed to be binding, according to Reuters.



"The final percentage (of participation) for the referendum process will exceed 60 percent," commission member Suad Ibrahim Eissa said in a statement.

Earlier on Wednesday, the fourth day of voting in the week- long poll, a senior southern official told journalists the turnout had already passed 60 percent.

"We are aiming for 100 percent turnout by the end of the polling period," said Anne Itto from the south's ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The referendum was promised in a 2005 accord that ended decades of civil war between the north and the south.

According to the regulations, the turnout needs to be 60 percent for the outcome to be valid. More than 50 percent of those voters need to choose independence for the south to secede. Preliminary results are expected in early February.

Commission spokesperson Eissa said 74 percent of southerners registered in the diaspora had voted and 36 percent in the north but had no separate figure for the south.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 January 2011 )

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