Vote organisers say the turnout for the referendum on independence for southern Sudan is almost guaranteed to reach the 60 per cent mark, which is needed to make the referendum valid. Some polling centres have already received between a quarter and a half of voters registered in their district, according to an official of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission. Voting is expected to continue until Saturday.
A growing number of people in the north are coming to terms with the realisation that the south could separate. Hassan Hilal, a former opposition MP and economist, says it will be like losing part of himself.