The people of Southern Sudan became a step-closer to realising their independence today, as a trickle of people wandered through the tents and buildings of Juba on the final day of registration to obtain their voting card for the January 9th referendum.

In a month’s time, these people will be bringing their laminated cards to these same locations, choosing between unity with the north, and independence to form the world’s 193rd nation. Judging by popular opinion on the streets of the capital of this semi-autonomous state, their seems to be little chance of remaining with Khartoum.