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Sudan vote will be corruption free, says referendum commissioner

media Southern Sudanese men ride motorcycles during sunset in Juba Reuters

Saouad Ibrahim Eissa, a member of the Southern Sudanese Referendum Commission says he believes the historic vote on southern independence this weekend will be corruption free.

Interview with Saouad Ibrahim Eissa, a member of the Southern Sudanese Referendum Commission 06/01/2011 - by Michel Arseneault Listen

He explains that a new polling system will make it impossible to forge ballots.

“When you register you will be given a registration card […] Half of it will be left in the register’s [office] and the other will be given to the person that registers. When you come to vote you’ll bring this register and card with you. It has to match with the one in the register’s [office]. There is no way of forging this kind of fingerprint.”

Ibrahim Eissa says registration in the north and abroad has been low as many southerners had repatriated to the south.

“Most of the Southerners went back to the South - repatriated there. And so we are left with a minority.”

In Khartoum, only 70-thousand Southern Sudanese have registered to vote.

“If you are not going to vote for unity, it is safer for you to go back and vote for separation where it is acceptable,” said Ibrahim Eissa.

This weekend’s referendum satisfies one of the parts of the 2005 peace deal between the north and south Sudan.

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