Carter Center Observers Monitor Southern Sudan Referendum on Self-Determination

Deborah Hakes is assistant director of public information for The Carter Center.

Carter Center observers remain deployed across Sudan and in out-of-country voting locations as voting continues in the referendum on the self-determination of Southern Sudan. Here are images from across Juba on days one and two of voting.  Carter Center Photos:  D. Hakes

 

In the Lologo Market polling station in Juba, hundreds of men and women queued to vote on day one of the referendum. Some people held rolled up mattresses next to them - they had spent the night to be the first to vote.

In the Lologo Market polling station in Juba, hundreds of men and women queued to vote on day one of the referendum. Some people held rolled up mattresses next to them. They had spent the night to be the first to vote.

 

Carter Center observer Owen McDougall talks to voters waiting for voting to begin at Lologo Market polling station.

Carter Center observer Owen McDougall talks to voters waiting for voting to begin at Lologo Market polling station.

 

The head of a polling station in Juba reads the serial number of a ballot box seal to observers, as polls prepared to open. Noting the specific seal ensures later on that it has not been taken off and replaced, and that the ballots within the box remain undisturbed.

The head of a polling station in Juba reads the serial number of a ballot box seal to observers, as polls prepared to open. Noting the specific seal ensures later on that it has not been taken off and replaced, and that the ballots within the box remain undisturbed.

 

Observer Paul Linnell consults with a domestic observer as polls prepared to open on Jan. 9.

Observer Paul Linnell consults with a domestic observer as polls prepared to open on Jan. 9.

 

 

Two women wait for voting to begin in Lologa Market, Juba.

Two women wait for voting to begin in Lologa Market, Juba.

 

 

A polling official helps a woman cast her ballot on Jan. 9 in Juba.

A polling official helps a woman cast her ballot on Jan. 9 in Juba.

 

 

President and Mrs. Carter complete their observer checklist at a polling station on Jan. 9 in Juba.

President and Mrs. Carter complete their observer checklist at a polling station on Jan. 9 in Juba.

 

 

A man has his finger dipped in indelible ink after voting on Jan. 9.

A man has his finger dipped in indelible ink after voting on Jan. 9.

 

 

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan talks with a woman after she has voted on Jan. 9.  Annan is leading the Carter Center's observation delegation along with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former Tanzania Prime Minister Joseph Warioba, and Dr. John Hardman, Carter Center president and CEO.

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan talks with a woman after she has voted on Jan. 9. Annan is leading the Carter Center’s observation delegation along with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former Tanzania Prime Minister Joseph Warioba, and Dr. John Hardman, Carter Center president and CEO.

 

 

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter asks a question of a polling official on Jan. 9 in Juba, with long lines of voters behind her.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter asks a question of a polling official on Jan. 9 in Juba, with long lines of voters behind her.

 

 

A polling official in Juba.

A polling official in Juba.

 

 

President Carter watches a man vote on Jan. 9.

President Carter watches a man vote on Jan. 9.

 

 

President Carter's motorcade travels down a dusty road to reach the next polling center to observe on Jan. 10.

President Carter’s motorcade travels down a dusty road to reach the next polling center to observe on Jan. 10.

 

 

The Carters observe near Juba on Jan. 10.

The Carters observe near Juba on Jan. 10.

 

 

President and Mrs. Carter talk with a polling official outside Juba on Jan. 10.

President and Mrs. Carter talk with a polling official outside Juba on Jan. 10.

 

Men wait in line to vote in Sudan referendum. (Men and women vote separately.)

Men in line waiting to vote on Jan. 10 near Juba. (Men and women form separate lines.)
Jimmy Carter signs polling journal outside Juba.

President Carter signs a referendum center polling journal outside Juba on Jan. 10, documenting that he visited that center to observe.

Read blog:  Sudan Referendum Begins Jan. 9; Observers Prepare to Deploy” >

Read “Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Joseph Warioba, and John Hardman to Lead Carter Center Delegation to Observe Referendum on Self-Determination of Southern Sudan” >

Watch video:  Carter Center Prepares to Observe Sudan Referendum >

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  1. 1

    Mychal V. on January 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Great photos, Ms. Hakes. I am so proud of the work the Center is doing in Sudan.

  2. 2

    C. S. on January 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    These blogs are greatly appreciated. They give you a “behind the scenes” look at the observation process that you normally don’t receive through conventional reporting. Great job Carter Center.

  3. 3

    Shae Jones on January 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    You were president when I was five. It’s cool that you and Mrs. Carter remain actively involved with empowering people even after all these years. That’s inspiring…Keep up the great work. P.S. I enjoy coming by the Center and sitting on a bench just to relax or sometimes get on my computer and chat. It’s a peaceful place with a lovely view of Atlanta.