Soldiers Among First Voters In Aweil Town, Sudan

The Joint Integrated Unit soldiers (JIUs) in Aweil Town were among the first voters to cast their on the opening day of the polls at Maper East Polling centre next to Mathiang JIUs barrack.

The turnout of voters in Northern Bahr el Ghazal was equally high unlike the registration period where it was slow following threats of attack by the Sudanese armed forces.

A Senior Member of State High Committee for Southern Sudan Referendum Commission in Aweil Town Isaac Mabior Ngang told Gurtong that more than 350,000 voters registered in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State.

“If the high voter turnout today is anything to go by, then we are expecting all the voters to cast their votes”, he said.

The head of Maper East polling centre Kiir Amet told Gurtong that 201 out of the more than 1,800 voters registered at the centre had already cast their votes within the first two hours.
Security has been beefed up at all the polling centres and no insecurity cases have been reported so far.

Meanwhile, in a show of solidarity with South Sudanese, senior members of the National Congress Party (NCP) in Aweil, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State have revealed that they have voted for separation of the semi-autonomous region.

According to reports by the state television, Aweil TV, the unidentified officials confirmed voting for secession, saying it is the only way to a peaceful Sudan

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