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|January 10, 2011|
Voters on Sunday spoke of this legacy, and the poverty that has accompanied it. That was in evidence all around. Most polling places were shoddily built schools or government offices with bald concrete floors, no lights, crumbly walls and rusted metal roofs. If southern Sudan becomes independent, it will be one of the poorest countries on earth.
“But better to be free,” said Simon Matiek, a student.
Election officials said the turnout was enormous. Many voters had been standing in place since 2 a.m., even though the polls did not open until 8.
“Today will go down in history,” said William Lukudu, who arrived before dawn decked out in a natty gray suit, bright green shirt and purple tie. “I didn’t want to be left out.
Suits, dresses, high heels, plastic pearls — voters were dressed in their Sunday best. ”
JEFFREY GETTLEMAN NY Times
Published: January 9, 2011