JUBA, Sudan — South Sudan's top election official on Monday said nearly 4 million people are registered to vote in a referendum to be held Jan. 9.
Justice Chan Reec Madut told reporters that the electoral body was completely prepared for the vote and it would be held on time.
Some observers had worried that South Sudan's poor infrastructure and political issues meant the vote might have to be delayed.
Most people expect the oil-rich, mainly Christian south will vote for independence from the mainly Muslim north. The two sides fought a bloody civil war that stretched over two decades.
Sunday's vote is the culmination of a peace deal that ended the conflict in 2005.