Turnout for Southern Sudan referendum approaches 50 per cent

Voting in the referendum for the self-determination of Southern Sudan is progressing smoothly with a large turn-out of voters.

Poll workers take a voter's fingerprint

The United Nations reports that the percentage of people who cast their ballots during the first two days is reckoned to be at 46 per cent.

60 per cent of the registered voters must participate in the referendum for its result to be considered legally binding.

Martin Nesirky, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General has more.

“The Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) yesterday reported 25% turnout in the north and out of country voting respectively. The Southern Sudan Referendum Commission has released the estimated time-line for the aggregation and declaration of the results of the referendum. The preliminary results are expected to be announced by 2 February and, depending on whether appeals will be submitted to courts or not, the final result on whether the South secedes or remains part of a united Sudan will be declared on 7 or 14 February.”

(duration: 31″)

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