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South Sudan Council of Ministers passes Electoral Bill


January 9, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s Council of Ministers, during a regular sitting held on 6 January last week, resolved to pass the country’s long-awaited National Elections Bill 2012 and its recommendations.

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The South Sudan Council of Ministers (©Thomas Kenneth)

The meeting, according to a government-owned website, was chaired by South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir. The Bill, previously under the Justice Ministry, will later be sent before members of the National Assembly for final approval.

In November last year, the US-based Carter Center issued a strongly-worded statement urging South Sudanese lawmakers to consider reviewing term limits for the presidency, which was excluded from the country’s Transitional Constitution as well as the draft Elections Act.

South Sudan currently has more than 382 members of parliament split between the National Legislative Assembly (332) and the Council of States (50), reportedly making it one of the largest legislatures in the world relative to the new country’s population.

According to both the Transitional Constitution and the Elections Act, however, members of the Council of States will not be popularly elected, but shall be elected by members of the State Assemblies.

Alternative structures, the Carter Center says, could be considered to ensure that members of the Council of States are directly accountable to the people.

If successfully passed, however, the Elections Act 2012 will set the rules that will govern the administration of the next elections in South Sudan, anticipated to be held in 2015.

The Act will, among other things, provides for the formation of National Elections Commission, a body reportedly set to comprise of nine members appointed by the president and approved by a parliamentary majority.


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  • 11 January 2012 06:52, by George Bol

    Salva Kiir Mayardit was officially elected in 2010 to be the president of South Sudan. He will serve for 4 years and he will be SPLM contender for another 4 years.SPLM/Oyeee

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    • 11 January 2012 07:23, by omoni jr.

      @ 382 members of parliament" Ridiculous indeed.
      And they said is one of the largest in the world"""""????
      All educated people want to become MPs.God help us.
      come 2015 with learned and educated young man or lady to reduce the number of looters in that cage or zoo.
      All these looters need be to screen 2015 and send home and look after cattle.

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      • 12 January 2012 01:17, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Omoni Jr,

        Sorry dude, you lied. United States has 435 members. England has 629 parliamentary members. Check your facts before you make a fool of yourself dude!. Do you want to label as a lair/and a buffoon, I think not. Facts check your sources knowledge before you speak/write idiotic comments.

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    • 11 January 2012 07:31, by Akibon

      "Dinka is born to rule!".

      Rule No.1: Try to befriend a Dinka and get a living".
      Rule No.2: Adopt a Dinka culture of problems solving equation; Be patience no matter if the matter is engulfing you.
      Rule No 3: Don’t be prompt to serve yourself but let a supporter chooses you.

      Once Southsudan tribes embrace these tricks that let Dinka have an edge, Dinka will cease ruling and monopolising instituto

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      • 11 January 2012 07:59, by omoni jr.

        Akibon [pussy or vagina]

        @ adopt or adapt Dinka culture""
        Is better for me to adapt monkey life than you..

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        • 11 January 2012 09:33, by actiongatkuoth

          omoni jr

          please reason before you express why your comment are always dirty .
          sorry because you don,t know what you are talking about.

          please adjust your self.

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      • 11 January 2012 08:17, by gatmai

        Akibon,or whatever you call yourself,Dinka are not born to rule but to suffer believe me,the next president will be from NAATH community,by all means whether by elections or war,and if that seems to be bad to you,you better migrate to other countries because i am very sure of what iam talking about.keep dreaming,this time it will not be easy as always my dear,try it hard to survive.

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        • 11 January 2012 08:45, by Akibon

          Don’t be mistaken guys, am not a Dinka but rather am a concerned Southerner of Dinka’s dominant.
          We either unite to overthrow them or perish!.
          Join me and let fight them on the web. by encouraging propagandas.

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          • 12 January 2012 01:31, by Elijah B. Elkan

            Mr. Akibon,

            I do concurred with you, let fight the Dinkas on the website. Let hope you’re having a bad nightmare dude. I agree with who ever made the comments "Dinkas are Born to Rule’. As a matter of facts without the Dinkas there will be no south Sudan country to day dude!.

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        • 11 January 2012 08:48, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Don’t feel bad - a lot of people have no talent, and you’re most of them!

          You can never be Dinka in any way.

          Thank you Akibon for your wise words of wisedom.
          Anybody who is against Dinkas will never be anythings in Sudan. take it as that.

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    • 12 January 2012 08:06, by Lokorai


      The cow boy will not go another term. He must plan now for his retirment.

      Don’t be deceived by 2010 whatever, that compromise was done by Southerners for a purpose, since we are out of the wood, a real architech must be sought, not a man who doesn’t think or talk. A leader must possess both

      Away with substandard!


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  • 11 January 2012 19:12, by pabaak

    Council of ministers not to be elected by people is not acceptable, by the virtue of being elected by the people make them more accountable, also the President will already have two term of 10 years by 2015,I don’t think will be thinking of running for another term unless if we want to adapt the East African leadership, which is similar to a autocracy system.

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  • 11 January 2012 19:34, by panom lualbil

    I anticipate that Dr. Riek Machar Teny will be the next President in SOUTH SUDAN. Becacuse as I read all of his public speeches, please vote for HIM to changes SOUTH SUDAN from CORRUPTION into TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY etc.

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    • 12 January 2012 00:57, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. panom lualbil,

      The population of Nuer is 78000, and the Dinka tribe is almost 5 millions, so be careful what you wish for. If you think the ROSS is corrupted, so is Riek Machar. Machar will never win the presidency without the Dinka support and that’s a fact dude!.

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      • 12 January 2012 18:17, by panom lualbil

        To Elijah B.
        Although dinka has intensity population, a lot of dinka lives are lost because of leadership.For example, in 1991 there was massacred against dinka bor by Dr. Reik Machar because of John G. Also there are ten of rebellions now fighting against dinka because of Kiir. Do you think dinka will not feel my way one day? For me any leader from any tribe is okay when he/she is not Bashier.

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    • 12 January 2012 04:45, by Madiir

      Panom Lualbil,

      Are you not panom de Kuot Atuel? Where did you get Lualbil from? Just curious!

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      • 12 January 2012 20:17, by panom lualbil

        To madiir
        I know you not gonna believe me. But anyway brother, there is something in politics that Dr. Reik Machar brought back vissionless by amnesty after separation from North and promoted as VP regardless of that he massacred his fellow dinka bor 1991. Do you think Dr. Riek Machar know any better than all nuers? And right now most of them are in woods fighting against corruption by dinka.

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  • 11 January 2012 23:31, by mosa mel

    I don’t think next president would be Nuer or upernile as others suggest. Nuer always predict hardship toward Dinka if Nuer come in power. So, Dinka may not interest to elect Nuer as their leader while they know what will happen to them. It is impossible to win election without Dinka vote simply they are majority community in S Sudan.

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  • 11 January 2012 23:44, by mosa mel

    There are options for Nuer to be president. Stop prediction of negative action against Dinka when Nuer become president or take power by force. But taking power by force result negative to both Dinka and Nuer including others communities in S Sudan. If you guys need your country to be of one power countries, try reconcilation among your communities to overcome the differences. Forget revenge.

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    • 12 January 2012 01:52, by Madiroor

      The leader of Southsudan electoral commission should be Abel Alier Kuai.
      Anything else would amount to kiir’s sheer corruption instinct.

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      • 12 January 2012 21:27, by Wen De David Kuol

        Please refer to article; most of you are responding negatively to article, Election Bill doesn’t mean we have to elected Nuer or Dinka now. So Many Governors who are going good jobs for the Community including Pagan Amum chief.
        What Am foreseeing in 2015 is NOT to hold Free, Transparent credible Election believe me unless Nuer and Murle stop this Ethnic Cleansing,No ELECTION. SECURITY FIRST!!!!

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  • 12 January 2012 20:45, by panom lualbil

    do you think any nuer living in wood is fighting for corrution? You better believe me, the fight for presidential. Any nuer cannot be president during war as to lost our country. But as we became far from arab I should therefore let Riek take it. Dinka is big and mindful of fellows but will be slain all by others for 1 person- president. And for ur quesion about where I got name-

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  • 12 January 2012 21:03, by panom lualbil

    Lualbil from? well, I am southerner in south sudan. And i know much about people names except you. For instance, dinka and nuer share most of people names like Deng matually. Plus few murle, anuak etc. I can figure out how you talk here are dinka but ur name- Madiir is an arabic name meaning principal in english. So why are you currious a bout name?

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