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Elections in South Sudan
 
Political Profile
Political System: Restricted Democratic Practice
President: Salva Kiir Mayardit (SPLM) [since 9 July 2011, president of the autonomous Government of South Sudan from 11 August 2005-9 July 2011; elected 2010] The President is elected by direct popular vote. Electoral System: Two Round (Run-off).
Legislative Assembly [unicameral] (170 Seats) Members are elected from using the mixed member proportional system - 102 in single-member constituencies using the first-past-the-post system, 68 from closed party and women's lists using the proportional representation system with a 4% threshold. The proportional system incorporates two distinct provisions, namely, a closed party list reserved for women of 25% of all elected seats; and a general closed party list for 15% of all elected seats.
Electoral Authority: N/A
Political Situation since Independence
2011-     Restricted Democratic Practice
2012 Freedom House Rating: Political Rights - 6, Civil Liberties - 5, Status: Not Free
Next Scheduled Presidential Election: N/A
Next Scheduled Legislative Assembly Election: N/A
Political Parties: NCP - National Congress Party, SPLA - Sudan People's Liberation Movement, SPLM-DC - Sudan People's Liberation Movement-Democratic Change.
 
Election Results
 
 
11-15 April 2010 Presidential Election [Results by State]

Registered Voters

4,800,000 (approx.)

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (N/A)

Invalid/Blank Votes

Not Available

Total Valid Votes

2,813,830

Candidate (Party) Number of Votes % of Votes
Salva Kiir (SPLM) 2,616,613 92.99%
Lam Akol (SPLM-DC) 197,217 7.01%
 
11-15 April 2010 Legislative Assembly Election

Registered Voters

4,800,000 (approx.)

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

Not Available (N/A)

Party Number of Seats (170)
Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) 160
Sudan People's Liberation Movement-Democratic Change (SPLM-DC) 2
National Congress Party (NCP) 1
Independents 7
 
9-15 January 2011 Independence Referendum*
Main Points: Unity with or Separation from the Republic of Sudan.

Registered Voters

3,947,646

Total Votes (Voter Turnout)

3,851,994 (97.6%)

Invalid/Blank Votes

     14,588

Total Valid Votes

3,837,406

Results Number of Votes % of Votes
Separation 3,792,518 98.83%
Unity 44,888 1.17%
*For the referendum to be considered valid, a minimum voter turnout of 60% was required. This requirement was met, thus validating the outcome.