By Rachel Coleman, International Coordinator in the Office of the Archbishop Province of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan
In a spirit of fraternity, The Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan and the Catholic Archbishop of Juba registered together at Hai Jalaba referendum registration centre today. But registering, they now qualify for voting on Referendum Polling Day scheduled for 9 January 2011. Accompanying them was the presidential advisor on Religious Affairs, H E Tijwok Adheaguer.
At 10 o'clock in that morning the two Archbishops were in line surrounded by an SSTV film crew and SSRadio reporters eagerly awaiting to leave their thumbprints at the table and obtain their referendum cards. There was much laughter and camaraderie between Archbishop Daniel and Archbishop Paulino. They had come together regonising that the Referendum will be a momentous religious issue for the Church in the Sudan. they both spoke briefly about the importance of registereing and, importantly, completing the process by voting on polling day.
H E Tijwok, Adheraguer thanked the Archbishops for their commitment to social issues and for actively encouraging people to register for referendum.
They rounded off the even at the school next to the centre greeting the English Language students.
Notes to editors: In January, 2011, Sudan is holding a referendum on the proposed autonomy of Southern Sudan.
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