High Voter Turnout in Jonglei State

Hundreds of Jonglei State residents turned up in their numbers to vote in the general elections that kicked off today morning.

By Kur Madul de Jongkuc

BOR, 11 April 2010 (Gurtong) – They left their homes at dawn, with some opting to skip the Sunday church services.

A survey by Gurtong revealed long queues at most polling stations.

At Malek Secondary School polling centre in Bor Town Constituency, hundreds of voters who included the SPLM candidate for Jonglei State Governorship Kuol Manyang Juuk and Bor Commissioner Maker Lual Kuol, eagerly awaited to cast their votes.

Manyang expressed his happiness to vote freely for a democratic government that would lead South Sudanese to the referendum early next year.

“I am elated in the happiest day of my life and remain thankful to the people of Jonglei State who remained calm during the campaigns”, he told reporters.

However, there were reports of missing names in Athoc South, Gok North and Bor Town constituencies.

This created some confusion as voters who had high hopes of casting their votes in the historic polls were kept at bay.

“I was registered here in Werkok polling centre, but now my names are missing and I am not allowed to vote”, said an angry Garang Makuac.

The head of Werkok polling station John Mayom Nyok told reporters that they will not allow voters whose names are missing from the register to vote as it was a directive from the National Elections Commission (NEC).

He, however, said lack of first aid boxes, overcrowding and poor voter education were some of the challenges being faced at the polling centre.

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