UNDP Administrator praises Southern Sudan's credible referendum process
New York — Following today’s announcement of the southern Sudan referendum results, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark congratulated the Southern Sudanese people on the peaceful and transparent referendum process.
Helen Clark lauded the leading role of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission in Khartoum and its bureau in Juba, and further expressed her gratitude to all international partners who had supported the process.
UNDP, through the UN Integrated Referendum and Electoral Division, provided assistance with the procurement of ballots and registration kits, voter registration campaigns, logistics, and technical support.
“The people of Southern Sudan will look to the future state to provide services such as security, health and education,” said Helen Clark. “UNDP is standing by the people of Southern Sudan as they move forward into the next stage of building a strong, stable, and responsive state. UNDP is working with the Government of Southern Sudan to build up core government functions and efficient processes, particularly in the areas of rule of law, security, and public finance.”
With assistance from international donors and neighbouring countries, UNDP has helped place more than 100 accountants, economists, treasurers, engineers, police trainers and other professionals in the Government of Southern Sudan, and in all ten state governments. These professional civil servants are working side-by-side with local civil servants until the latter are able to take over.
In addition, the government of Southern Sudan, with assistance from UNDP, is now preparing to deploy 200 more civil servants from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda to expand the capacity of the administration.
“Many actors have a stake in this process, as enabling strong government in southern Sudan will improve the long term development and security prospects of the whole region,” added Helen Clark.
Nearly 99 percent of South Sudanese voted for secession in a closely-watched referendum. The week-long referendum, which ended on 15 January, is a key benchmark of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended two decades of civil war between the north and the south.
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