GoSS Mission well on top of diaspora voter registration for the 2010 elections in Sudan

Category: Diaspora
Published on Friday, 20 November 2009 08:51
Written by The New Sudan Vision (NSV), www.newsudanvision.com
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November 20, 2009, Washington--Sudan National Election Commission has devoted the entire month of November to voter registration exercise across Sudan and in the Diaspora.

For its part,the Government of Southern Sudan Mission to the United States has been busy informing those in the US about where to register for 2010 elections in Sudan.

In a statement posted Thursday on its website www.gossmission.org, the Mission's  office announced: "The Government of Southern Mission to the United States is pleased to update the Sudanese community in the USA in regards tp the voter registeration process for the upcoming presidential elections of Sudan."

Part of the 'update' is the announcement that a delegation from the Sudanese embassy began visisitng states, with times and  specific registeration sites. They started in Dallas, Texas from 11/19/09 to 11/20/09.

They will be in Boston, Massachussetts, Chicago, Illinois from 11/21/09 until 11/22/09. Then the delegation heads to Omaha, Nebraska for the 11/23/09 to 11/24/09 voter rgisteration. On 11/25/09 to 11/26/09, the same delegation will visit Greensboro, North Carolina.

The dates and times that are yet to be determined remain those of Oakland,California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The awarness around national elections in 2010 has begun in earnest, with information carried by websites not to mention one which is the famous social media tool, Facebook.

Early this month the NEC started tour of the Southern States to get a feel of the registeration and although issues of roads inacessibility and lack of awareness continue to pose challenges among Southern Sudanese, the overall exercise is said to be progressing well, with 'high turnouts' being reported across the ten states in the South.

And in the spirit of full disclosure, the National Election Act of 2008 is said to have listed the following as elegibility requirements for those in diaspora to vote in the April 2010 national elections in Sudan: that one must be 18 years of age or older; that your name must be in the Electoral Registery; that one must enjoy civil and political rights, of sound mind; that one must possess a Sudanese Passprt, National ID, or Birth Certificate and a Valid resident visa in the country one resides.