South Sudan vote turnout threshold reached: party

AFP, Wednesday 12 Jan 2011

After only three days of voting, the 60 per cent benchmark needed to authenticate the referendum has been reached

A poll worker sits at the polling center in Comboni School in Raja, Western Bahr El-Ghazal (Photo: Reuters)

The 60 per cent turnout threshold required for a landmark vote on independence for south Sudan to be valid has been reached after three days of voting, the region's ruling party said Wednesday.

"The mark that would make the referendum valid is past," said Anne Itto, a senior official of the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement.

"The 60 per cent threshold has been achieved but we... are asking for a 100 per cent turnout."

She gave no exact figures for the vote over the first three days of the seven-day voting period.

Official turnout figures along with the result are the responsibility of the South Sudan Referendum Commission which is organising the vote.

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