Speaker Assures Of Peaceful Conduct Of Sudanese Referendum

The Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA) Speaker James Wani Igga has assured South Sudanese of a peaceful conduct of the Southern Sudan referendum scheduled to take place in three days.

Igga told Gurtong in Juba on Tuesday that the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) has put in mechanisms to ensure the process is conducted in a free and fair environment.

“We are assuring our people that polling will proceed peacefully and that there should be no violence”, said Igga, who is also the third in command at the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

He affirmed that South Sudan is ready for the conduct of the referendum, adding that the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) has done a commendable job in the preparations.

The Speaker made the remarks on the day that Sudanese President Omar al Bashir visited the South Sudanese capital Juba and assured of his support to the Southerners should they vote for secession.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed on January 9, 2005 will elapse according to its mandate on July 9, 2011.

Several protocols have however, remained unresolved and unimplemented.

President Bashir also said his party, the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudanese government will ensure that the remaining protocols of the peace accord are implemented before the deadline.

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