UN boosts support for Sudan's referendum

New York- US (PANA) -- The UN said it is providing more logistic support to Sudan to facilitate the forthcoming referendum that will decide whether southern Suda n declares independence from Africaâ?s largest country.
A UN statement made available to PANA in New York on Tuesday stated that, "over the weekend, more than 3,000 registration kits for distribution in southern Suda n and 840 kits for the north, along with registration books and cards" were hande d over to the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) and its bureau in Juba, the southern capital.
The Director of the UN Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division (UNIRED), De nis Kadima, said the UN was helping to transport kits and books from Juba to the capitals of Sudanâ?s states to train nearly 11,000 referendum centre staff.
According to him: "UNIREDâ?s technical assistance includes designing voter regi stration forms, developing complaint regulations and providing voter education m a terials.
The UN provides logistical support to deliver those items to locations t hroughout Sudan and in the eight countries where southerners will exercise their right to vote.
" He named the eight countries as Australia, Canada, the US, the United Kingdom, E gypt, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.
The statement disclosed that the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) would deliver these supplies by air to remote and isolated locations, while the joint UN-African Un i on mission in the Darfur (UNAMID) will transport registration materials from Kha r toum to the war-ravaged regionâ?s state capitals.
"Security for the delivery of referendum materials will be ensured by the Southe rn Sudan Police Service in the south and by the Sudan Police in the north,'' it s aid.
It also said that UNMIS police have trained nearly 14,000 police officers in the south between May and October, with preparations for referendum security traini n g in the north under way, adding that informing the Sudanese people and potentia l voters about the referendum process is another way in which UNIRED is helping t o create the conditions for a free, fair and transparent process.
" The UN statement further said the SSRC voter education materials, including post ers, stickers, banners, caps and bags are being procured with the support from t h e UN Development Basket Fund, while donors are supporting civil society organiza t ions in carrying out awareness programmes.

02 november 2010 15:41:00

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