We Are Almost There: President Kiir

Government of Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has urged South Sudanese to remain vigilant as the much-anticipated referendum draws closer.

Speaking at the St Teresa Catholic Cathedral, Kator in the South Sudanese capital Juba, where he attended this year’s Christmas church service, Kiir said some people are working around the clock to derail the process.

“Our partner did not expect us to reach to this day. Do not accept to be provoked at any cost by enemies of peace who don’t want peaceful referendum to take place on January 9, 2011”, he said.

He added that it was all clear that unity in the referendum is not possible, but said those pushing for unity have not given up and are using all types of tricks to undermine a peaceful, transparent, free and fair referendum.

“The enemies of peace are trying to find any mistake to use to reject the outcome of the referendum. I urge everyone to report anyone found selling his or her voter card to undermine the referendum process. I have also instructed the police to take necessary measures against such people”, said President Kiir.

He commended South Sudanese voters for electing him with over 93 percent of the vote in the April polls.

He underscored the importance of the forthcoming referendum and urged South Sudanese to turn up in large numbers and vote overwhelmingly.

“I expect over 98 percent voter turnout so that no one can doubt the choice of the people of South Sudan. I urge you to make the right decision while voting and you will never regret your choice”, he told the congregation.

The Arch-Bishop Paulino Lukudu Loro who presided over the mass lauded the efforts of the security agencies for their instrumental role in the referendum process.

He urged South Sudanese to place the referendum before God and urged them to maintain peace.

“ Now as we celebrate Christmas, let us continue to pray so that we are placed in a better relationship with God when we vote in the referendum from January 9 to 15, 2011”, he said.

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