USA Referendum voting turnout reached 74%: GoSS Mission

January 12, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) — South Sudan Referendum voter turnout in the United States has reached an all time high, said the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) official Representative to the United States and the United Nations (UN), Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth.

"The turnout of the South Sudanese in the USA has reached 74% in the third day of the voting process. We in the government of Southern Sudan Mission to USA and UN are in all the 8 centers to make sure that we complete 100% turnout and to monitor the process so that all is done credibly, free, fair and transparent”, Gatkuoth said.

Gatkuoth is an SPLM Diplomat; known for his criticism of the National Congress party’s policy toward Southern Sudan and its people.

The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the ruling National Congress party (NCP) marked the end of decades of bloody civil war between the North and South.

"The process so far has been so free, fair, credible and transparent and we commend the staff of the IOM and those who are observing", Gatkuoth noticed.

The weeklong voting process is being conducted at eight polling stations based in Nebraska, Arizona, Texas, Washington State, Massachusetts, Illinois, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.

The United States is one of the countries with large population of Southern Sudanese.

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