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Umm Durmān : Sudan | Jan 17, 2011 at 7:53 AM PST
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Southern Sudanese independence referendum take place credible and well organized, European monitors said in their first official assessment on Monday (1/17/2011). Based on the results of the referendum, the region, it seems, another step toward secession. Preliminary results of referendum votes show tremendous support for the secession of the region from the majority Muslim northern Sudan after decades of experiencing civil war.

"The European Union election observer mission to assess the voting process in Southern Sudan Referendum credible and well organized in a largely peaceful atmosphere," according to a preliminary statement of the European Union is seen by Reuters news agency.

Referendum committee has reported the return of ballot papers for more than 90 percent in some parts of southern Sudan, which is the oil producing region. In the capital of Juba that have a six central polling place, an average of more than 2,500 votes supporting secession maximum of only 25 votes while supporting the union.

First results are expected to have known the end of the month and southern Sudan will become an independent nation on July 9, in accordance with the requirements of north-south peace agreement of 2005 that set the referendum.

Senior officialsof northern Sudan, Ibrahim Ghandour, told Reuters last week said the vote was, which ended Saturday, "generally fair," eliminate the fear that the dispute over the result will reignite the conflict.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who led other major observation mission, said last week, south Sudan is very likely to vote for secession and that the process is largely meets international standards.

Source: Kompas.com

Putu Karya is based in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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