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Title:Southern Sudan referendum on self-determination: legal challenges and procedural solutions
Author:Marzatico, FrancescaISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Elections (ISSN 1609-4700)
Geographic term:South Sudan
Abstract:In spite of a myriad logistical and operational challenges the referendum on the self-determination of Southern Sudan took place in January 2011 in a peaceful and orderly manner, allowing the people of Southern Sudan to exercise their right to self-determination as recognized by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed in January 2005 between the government of Sudan and the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). The late enactment of the Southern Sudan Referendum Act (SSRA) and the late appointment of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) generated considerable time constraints, while the ambiguity of some of the provisions of the SSRA further augmented the difficulties. The author analyses the major challenges and the way they were handled, looking in turn at the time frame, the SSRC, the SSRA and the regulatory framework, and the provisions relating to voter eligibility, proof of voter's identity, objections to and appeals against voter registration, requirements for the staff of the referendum centres, registration and voting in 'other locations', publication of the final voters' register, voting procedures, threshold and the sorting, counting, aggregation and declaration of results, the role of observers, media rules and guarantees, and the audit of the Commission's accounts. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]