Southern Sudan Referendum

AU On today’s commencement of polling in the self-determination referendum for Southern Sudan provided for by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the independent international referendum observation missions of the African Union, The Carter Center, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the League of Arab States:

•    Congratulate the Parties to the CPA, the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) and the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau (SSRB) for their efforts to organize and facilitate the referendum process;
•    Urge all parties and the people of Sudan to work for a peaceful and inclusive referendum that respects the right of citizens to vote freely without fear of intimidation, coercion or violence;
•    Encourage the SSRC and SSRB to work transparently during and post-polling, allow for the accurate compilation and tabulation of votes and maintain a peaceful environment in anticipation of the complete and definitive results;
• Welcome the renewed commitment of the Parties to the CPA to fully respect the outcome of the referendum and the verdict of the people of Southern Sudan;
• Will, following the completion of polling, and in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, independently issue their preliminary findings on the referendum process.

Dr. Victor Tonchi, African Union Observer Mission to the Southern Sudan Referendum
President Jimmy Carter, Mr. Kofi Annan, Justice Joseph Warioba and Dr. John Hardman, The Carter Center
Véronique De Keyser, European Union Election Observation Mission – Southern Sudan Referendum
Ambassador Yusif Nzibo, Intergovernmental Authority on Development Observation Mission
Ambassador Mohammed al- Khamlichi, League of Arab States Observation Mission

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