The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) as a Regional Economic Community (REC) is invited by the Southern Sudan Referendum Election Commission to observe the Referendum of Southern Sudan scheduled to take place from 9-15 January 2011.
Accordingly, the IGAD Secretariat established an observer mission composed of representatives from member states (Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Djibouti except Sudan) and the Secretariat.
The Mission composed of 40 observers allocated into 20 teams arrived in Juba on 02 January 2011. The teams shall be deployed to Juba, Malakal, Wau Aweil, Bentiu, Kosti, El Fasher, Renk, Kapoeta, Bor, Torit, Yambio, Rumbek, Kurmuk, Demazin, Omdurman, Khartoum Bahri, Khartoum Central, and Nyala. The teams will begin moving to their respective places starting from 05 January 2011.
IGAD has trained all election observers and is confident that the teams would be capable of discharging the responsibility entrusted to them in an effective, efficient and impartial manner. The main objective of the Mission is to observe the Referendum of Southern Sudan and provide positive and factual feedback that would help to improve future Referenda in the country and draw lessons that could generally contribute to the promotion of democratic principles in the IGAD region.
The head of the Observer Mission shall meet with officials of Southern Sudan Referendum Commission and the Bureau and other key stakeholders and hold consultations and briefings with relevant authorities. The IGAD Liaison Office in Juba shall be the base of the observer mission’s coordination secretariat.
The contact persons and address is as follows:
• Amb. Yusuf A. Nzibo, the Team Leader
• Yufnalis Okubo, Ag. Director
• Mohamed Abdourahman, Head of IGAD Juba Liaison Office, and
• Mrs. Messeret Tilaye, Program Officer, Political Affairs IGAD Secretariat.
IGAD Juba Liaison Office
Hai Kuwait off Munuka Road
Juba, Southern Sudan
Tel: +249 905 942 428
+249 925 158 370
El Amarat St.11
House No. 02
Tel: + 249 183 464104
Fax: +249 183 498087
Juba, Southern Sudan
5th January 2011.