Southern Sudan voting starts smoothly
January 9th, 2011
10:01 PM ET

Southern Sudan voting starts smoothly

Tens of thousands of people across Southern Sudan went to the polls Sunday in a historic referendum that an international election observer said appeared to have been well-handled.

"There were very, very large numbers from the early hours of this morning all day long," said David Carroll, director of the Democracy Program at the Carter Center, in a telephone interview from Juba. "They were waiting patiently, they were in a happy, celebratory mood. They went through the process in an orderly way, largely. We saw a very meaningful, important process that the southern Sudanese are engaging in with a lot of passion."

By the time polls opened at 8 a.m., many Sudanese had already been standing on line for hours to cast their ballots on whether the south should declare independence or remain part of a unified Sudan.

Those who were still on line at 5 p.m. were allowed to remain there until they were able to vote, he said. "It's something that is clearly very, very important to the people of Southern Sudan."

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  1. Philip

    I'll be back later. You kids have fun! he he. (smiles)

    January 10, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. ori

    Those People Got Feelings Like You Nitwits Do But Hey Tomcat Do Your Thang Dawg Im Here In Chicago Freezing My Azz Off Least They Got Heat.

    January 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
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