Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - World leading figures including former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former US President Jimmy Carter are among notable personalities that will monitor Sudan's referendum slated for Sunday.
The United States has already sent Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry to Khartoum ahead of the referendum, which will determine whether or not Southern Sudan remains a part of Sudan.
The UN's Miraya-FM radio, based in Southern Sudan, reported Wednesday that the Carter Centre would deploy 100 observers across Sudan and at overseas voting locations to observe polling, counting and tabulation.
Miraya-FM cited a press statement, released by the Centre, as saying the former US President described the referendum process as “a critical step in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).”
Meanwhile, Kerry, who was in Sudan twice last year, arrived Tuesday evening and is scheduled to meet with senior government officials in Khartoum before flying to the south for similar meetings.
Observers expect the meetings to focus on the referendum.
In a related development, the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) has issued the regulation covering the counting and
sorting of ballots during the seven-day referendum.
According to the regulation, the ballots in each polling centre are to be counted immediately after voting by the SSRC officials at the same centre.
The head of the centre is to announce the result and place it on a board, before sending it to the referendum sub-committee of the county, which will compile the reports from all the centres of the county and send them to the high committee of the state.
The high committee of the state, in turn, compiles the reports from the counties and sends them to the South Sudan Referendum Bureau (SSRB) in Juba, the regional headquarters.
The SSRB compiles the results received from all the southern states and sends them to the headquarters of the Commission (SSRC) in Khartoum.
The SSRC will compile results received from the Juba referendum bureau (SSRB) and those from the polling centres in the north
as well as the centres abroad in preparation for announcement of the final result within 30 days from the end of the voting, at the latest.
The regulation allows a maximum of three days after the announcement of the preliminary results for objections, which the concerned tribunal will consider within a week, as stipulated by the Referendum Act.
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