Closure of UNMIS
UNMIS wound up its operations on 9 July 2011 with the completion of the interim period agreed on by the Government of Sudan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed on 9 January 2005.
The mission ended its six years of mandated operations the same day South Sudan declared independence, following a CPA-provided referendum on 9 January 2011 that voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession.
In support of the new nation, the Security Council established a successor mission to UNMIS – the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – on 9 July for an initial period of one year, with the intention to renew for further periods as required.
14 Nov 2010
13 November 2010 – A ceremony hosted by the Upper Nile State Referendum High Committee set the stage today for the beginning of voter registration on 15 November for the long-awaited Southern Sudan referendum.
"Voter registration is considered as an important milestone of the referendum process. Therefore, all citizens have to participate effectively and peacefully," said the referendum high committee's chairperson, Bol Puot Yout, in the presence of State Governor Simon Kun Puoch, Malakal County Commissioner Shouki Aboch Ajang, other government officials and area residents.
The launch ceremony, supported by UNMIS, the UN Development Programme and the UN International Organization for Migration, included a series of brief skits performed by members of the Malakal County Referendum Sub-Committee.
A skit simulating the actual process of registering to vote featured Governor Puoch in the role of the first eligible citizen seeking to register himself.
Another skit focussed on a voter from North Sudan who lost his temper when referendum sub-committee members refused to register him, thereby showing the assembled gathering how such disputes should be properly handled
Civic education activity throughout Upper Nile State began on 7 November, said state referendum high committee member James Daniel Chuang, adding that the campaign had included public service announcements on radio and television, the distribution of posters and stickers and the convening of civic education workshops.
Mr. Chuang, the referendum high committee member responsible for public outreach, said everything was ready for registration to open early on the morning of Monday, 15 November. "We hope the turnout is going to be high," he said.