"Dispatches From Sudan"

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 2, 2011
Election Officials Count Southern Sudan Referendum Ballots in Juba

White House videographer Arun Chaudhary discussed the release of the official preliminary results from the historic referendum in Sudan today on the White House Blog. Chaudhary writes, "The people of Southern Sudan appear to have voted overwhelmingly in support of independence: total turnout was about 97 percent with almost 99 percent of voters casting their ballots to create the world's newest nation. West Wing Week was on the ground in Sudan during the week-long referendum, traveling to all parts of the country with the President's Special Envoy, General Scott Gration. We went behind the scenes at polling stations from Juba to Khartoum, met some of the international community who helped to ensure the vote was fair and peaceful, and traveled to Darfur to inspect conditions and learn about the commitment of the United States to peace in this region after decades of civil war."

You can view the West Wing Week video from Sudan here.

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