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Nuer youth reject S. Sudan’s newly appointed NEC members


August 14, 2012 (JUBA) - Members of the Nuer Youth Association (NYA) have strongly opposed the membership of the recently formed National Elections Commission (NEC), alleging that most of the appointees lack the legal requirements as stipulated in South Sudan’s Elections Act 2012.

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A Sudanese woman casts her ballot at an outdoor polling station in the village of Dulab in Upper Nile state, April 12, 2010 (Reuters)

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, in a decree issued on 1 August, announced the formation of the nine-member NEC, to be chaired by Abednego Akok Kacuol. The NEC, will among other roles, oversee the country’s next elections due in 2015.

In a statement to Sudan Tribune, Choul Wal, the chairman of NYA said by appointing the new NEC members, President Kiir “infringed” an agreement his ruling party (SPLM) reached with the other political parties and the civil society fraternity.

According to Wal, on 26 July, representatives from various political parties and civil society groups, met to consult on the formation of the NEC during a meeting reportedly chaired by the Vice President, Riek Machar.

“In that meeting, all stakeholders unanimously agreed on nine names that would be appointed to the National Election Commission,” he said, adding that the persons agreed upon, in the presence of Machar, were people who passed the test of “impartiality, non-partisanship and integrity.”

However, out of the nine names reportedly agreed upon, the Nuer youth leader says only the current NEC chairman was among them.

Wal said the President should have consulted South Sudan’s political parties and civil society members before the formation of the NEC, as stipulated in South Sudan’s Transitional Constitution, which came into law on 9 July, 2011 when the country seceded from Sudan.

“Consulting other political forces and civil society organizations is a legal duty bestowed upon the President of the Republic to ensure compliance with the Transitional Constitution,” the Nuer youth leader told Sudan Tribune.

The National Elections Act, he emphasized, demands that any person appointed to serve on the NEC, should not be affiliated to any political party.

He further warned that against a repeat of what happened in previous elections, where aggrieved candidates opted to rebel instead of petitioning the electoral process. He cited Jonglei State where the late renegade Gen. George Athor rebelled against the state governor, after he lost the gubernatorial elections and claimed it was
fraudulently conducted.

Edmund Yakani, a civil society activist told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that he largely doubts the competency of some members within the recently formed electoral body.

“To manage elections, one needs to have certain skills and experience if the process is to be widely viewed as credible. I also feel the President should have maintained some of the officials who handle[d] the 2010 general elections,” he said.

Yakani, also Program Coordinator for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), also said that too few members had been appointed considering the amount of work they have to do.

Below is the list of National Election Commission’s members.

  1. Engineer. Abednego Akok Kacuol | Chairperson
  2. Ms. Jersa Kide Barsaba | Deputy
  3. Mr. Mac Maica Deng | Chief Electoral Officer
  4. Ms. Akur Julia Ajuoi Magot | Member
  5. Mr. Anthony Mogga | Member
  6. Mr. Paul Marial Dot | Member
  7. Mr. Lawrence Sulubia Amin | Member
  8. Mr. John Dak Puok | Member
  9. Mr. Lawrence Deng Aluat | Member


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  • 15 August 2012 07:41, by Akol Liai Mager

    It will be a difficult job to do finding really a neutralised person to qualify for a term of neutral in a heavily politicised society like South Sudanese. Because of the mentioned difficulty, I think the leaders and supporters of political parties and civil society organisations need to have some patience.

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    • 15 August 2012 08:09, by Thorbanat

      The Nuer Youth have some points to make because democracy is painful

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      • 15 August 2012 08:25, by Thorbanat

        Dear Readers,
        I can see that Some people are champions of tribalism in South Sudan. The President made a grave mistakes to appoint NEC without references to the Interim Constitution. Leaders who doesn’t care about the constitutions are the enemy of democracy and factory for violence. Kiir should consider wider representation e.g. one member from each State. This is an assault to Constitution.

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  • 15 August 2012 08:11, by BBCs

    Forming the NEC has nothing to do what is so call Nuer Youth or Traitors.who the fuck are you?, first, you don’t belong to any political group or opposition. Do you think you can bring clever members than those elected by National assemble? Your time for complaining and greediness is coming to any end , you are lacky to have Vice president who soon need to reported to International criminal court

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  • 15 August 2012 08:26, by Ambago

    Do we really need another election? Why waste the little resources when eventually a corrupt system has been planned to reign in south Sudan for decades to come!

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    • 15 August 2012 08:46, by Kaang

      Are you waiting for Dr Machar or Dr Wani to win presidency inorder for you to move to Southsudan?
      You then have five more decades to wait to realise that dream.
      Remember our car has no reverse gear and no one can turn it either way. Just join the journey and clap after us when asked to. Hahaaa! awuui, nyan a beleeny, akurnguak. Thial ke liep, abiny ke tony.

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      • 16 August 2012 08:14, by Ruach

        Everything will not be alright

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  • 15 August 2012 08:57, by Gabriel KK

    Nuer should know that South Sudan has many tribes who even don’t have any memeber of parlialment leave alone the position of electoral commisioner. they don’t talk or cry because they know time will come when they will rule like big tribes. stop nonsense Nuers and let the work of a commission go ahead.

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    • 15 August 2012 09:11, by Madiit Magot

      Bros.Nuers and Machar,
      There is only one president who could make decisions on who to serve and who not to. Therefore, if you Nuer youth had your own list of names of your NEC members then save it for your ripe time.
      The opposition parties exists and would be the ones to challenge Kiir under constitution if he miss it, but not tribal composition who have no right to critics a government .

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      • 15 August 2012 09:47, by Ryan

        Madiit!when u see Nuer,you get being scared.You are one of the youth ignorant or maybe you like only DINKA YOUTHS

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        • 15 August 2012 19:01, by panom lualbil

          There is going to be ONLY one NOT two presidents of S Sudan to come by 2015. And I dont care whether it’s who or who but he/she must be clean of records. I meant he/she must not be of any rebel or associated with khartoum or like. And I careless whether he/she defect to khartoum or not, you can start back with your mom and dad and ’MIOC RODDU’ of their NYAMNYAM.

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      • 15 August 2012 10:05, by Sir King

        Madiit Magoot
        You are really a fool because you are just a cattle keeper being brought up by your fake son of cattle camp called Kiir. Nuer Youth Association is right because there is no reason to why Kiir appointed incompetent group and his planning is to rig 2015 election. We are very near with Awan Chan, we shall capture him in daytime. Please President Kiir is nothing this time because he mess

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        • 15 August 2012 10:09, by Sir King

          ..............I know! Kiir can’t even manage Awan Chan leave alone South Sudan. He brought cattle keepers to be his security personnels that is why they always mess up. No tangible works being done because they are alike. Failed people should not talk in South Sudan here because South is for strong people not for wickened like you.
          Shame on cattle keepers!

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          • 15 August 2012 10:12, by Sir King

            .......... Even though you have money, you must fail this time round. Monies help nothing but will even kill you up. Kiir is the worse leader I have never ever seen but time is coming! Better an old woman to rule this South Sudan rather than Kiir himself. Sorry indeed!

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            • 15 August 2012 19:14, by panom lualbil

              SIR KING?
              Yes, failed people like REIK MACHAR should NEVER run their mouths into affairs of S Sudan. Facts, they are vissionless and incompetent from lawless community where people beleive money will in itself can brings indication of life worth the living.

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    • 15 August 2012 09:20, by michael coma

      Nuer Youths has right to says what is affecting them.I am from Bor but i don’t like that committee how it was selected.

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    • 15 August 2012 09:33, by michael coma

      The only solution for youths all over South Sudan is to be united and form a strong party that will contested against the old party and let us stop grievences among ourselves.

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  • 15 August 2012 09:16, by Modi Lo Laja

    Dear Readers,
    You are always out of sense only due to tribalism which is obviously the chronic diseases to mostly both Nuers and Dinkas people in South Sudan. Where do you (Nuers & Dinkas) wanted to lead this Newly Nation to? I look Nuers and Dinkas as one as some of you did say, if so then why these nonsenses of yours?
    Nuers are one as Dinkas, I don’t differed if from Bor or Warrap they are sam

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    • 15 August 2012 09:26, by michael coma

      You guys,stop insulting Bor community,just deal with individual instead of community.

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  • 15 August 2012 09:28, by Modi Lo Laja

    Nuers are one as Dinkas, I don’t differed if from Bor or Warrap they are same Dinkas, and as well as to Nuers if from Nasir or Unity are same.
    The top governing figures belong to you Nuers and Dinkas without you rejecting these.
    Any committee to be form head is always either Nuers or Dinkas heading it.
    Why are not other tribes complaints? These show that you people always like food muchis

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  • 15 August 2012 10:01, by Wendemagangdit

    The way some of you reason is far from wisdom. It seems the Nuer Youth Assocition is being manipulated by some politicians or political parties. Why are they so touched? How many youth Associations do we have here in South Sudan? This is the work of civil society organizations and political parties or say the national youth Assocition.
    NYA you sound tribalistic and nepotic. you may mean nohar

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  • 15 August 2012 10:32, by Toboyz

    You guys to show high degree of premitivity amongst your selves, especially those of you who do comment on tribal line, such as Kaang. RSS has vast tribe and we must learn how to co-exit and appreciate the rightous thing, remove this useless Idealogue of Bor, Nuer and others discussion face the matter on the table with objectivity. It was a good start for the youth thought the Name of the cont...

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  • 15 August 2012 10:54, by Jalaby

    As expected, the NEC members list doesn’t include any Muslim member, not a single one! Mr. Kiir government doesn’t have any Muslim member and that’s why it’s nothing but bunch of thieves!
    Why isolating Muslims in the south from any political project despite you know their number is big?
    Muslims in the south need to unite and file a complaint to all human right organizations

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    • 15 August 2012 11:00, by Jalaby

      because they are discriminated, marginalized, and treated as second class citizen in the south!
      All human right organizations around the globe should be aware of that crime! why isolating them and treating them as 2nd class citizen in their motherland?

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      • 15 August 2012 11:25, by Sir King

        Look at this useless Mahammed Ali, you just want to divert the discussion here. How come you claim for Muslims when they are not even appearing in South Sudan? Also, those you find like Deng, Bol or Garang might me Muslims but never know such a thing. Just keep shouting for us.

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      • 15 August 2012 11:33, by Akol Liai Mager

        Be assure Mr Jalaby that the leading reasons for the South Sudanese to vote for an Independence of their country were the Islamisation and Arabisation programs. South Sudanese will never ever repeat a historical mistake made by their ancestors when they welcome Arabs with their evil religion that later turned Sudan to a home of Devil on Earth. So, I’m afraid you may have a very long time to wait.

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      • 15 August 2012 11:34, by Gabriel KK

        stop nonsense, we don’t give positions according to religious background but based on merit. secondly, there is no different between christians and muslims in South Sudan because we are one and religion is personal.

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      • 15 August 2012 11:49, by Gen.Quack

        Jalaba, ahahahahahah muslim r immoral like u n your luuti ahahahahahahahahah whom do u thinks will involve them in any work while the can.t eat pig’, we in junub we use to eat pig to show that we r pure,

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        • 15 August 2012 16:42, by Chol

          Gen.Quack, how would you be able to debate anyone from BOR when you can’t even read and write?!

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      • 16 August 2012 00:35, by Dhalaluaak

        Jalaby Abu Burjuaz,
        We don’t rule by religion in South Sudan and North Sudan where god/devil intermingled and treat people with impunity.We belief in separation of religion and State goon

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  • 15 August 2012 11:38, by monyjang42

    chaps Kaang is not from Bor he just want to make fun on Bor people. And i can tell you kaang don’t spoil our name in the website we are horros, we supper alot because of this nation. we are peaceful people with bless from God and we don’t want presidence. What we need is some one that can bring people together to be one people not some one with his clan interest or personal.don;t ever talk in Bor

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    • 15 August 2012 12:02, by Gen.Quack

      Buoor, u r just a refugees camp fighters, how can u involve in the nation affair like this? Ahahahahahahahahah bors r just know for their coward n greed ahahahahahahahahahrefugees camp fighters ahahahahahahahahag

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      • 15 August 2012 16:45, by Chol

        Gen.Quack, how would you be able to debate anyone from BOR when you can’t even read and write?!

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        • 16 August 2012 14:59, by Gen.Quack

          ACHOL,my wife iam a graduate from the military college how can you determine me that iam a illiterate.i even doubt that you are the one who

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      • 16 August 2012 00:47, by Dhalaluaak

        the history of the struggle and videos of the struggle will avail our heroic bravery than what you think of and you will be a shame amaze how brave the Bor were renegade.The majority of fighters who stormed Pochalla,Malual Gahoth,JOKOU,Raad,Buma,Pibor,Wat,Ayod,Akobo,nasir,jemes,Bor,owinykibul,poktap and many other garison town were mainly [ most ] from Bor before they were rescued by mo

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        • 16 August 2012 15:05, by Gen.Quack

          buor, what the hell are you talking about, i just know you are the refegees camp fighters and full stop. what can you tell me about strugle while i was there as a general like now/etrnal

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        • 16 August 2012 15:11, by Gen.Quack

          luakajanamara, what the hell are you talking about, i just know you are the refugees camp fighters and full stop. what can you tell me about struggle while i was there as a general like now/etrnal.ithink you will all perish in the same way as they did to your greedy garang in uganda,

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  • 15 August 2012 13:11, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    Nuer youths are too deformed to be reform, look they’re trying every possible means to bring Riak Machar to power but it’s impossible, because of failed several coup attempts and too many rebellions but all in vain, make sure, this time it’ will be your term to death not to power. Deaths to traitors who change their color like chameleons. Fools

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    • 15 August 2012 15:25, by michael coma

      To Gen.Guak
      Can you move your anus away from Bor and stop farting around us because your farting smell badly until dogs run away you bastard.Go son of slavery man to be sodomise there by your masters Arabs.

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      • 15 August 2012 18:40, by Gen.Quack

        Combolam, i know u r refugees camp fighters ahahahahahahahahah wat do u want to tel me while u r thieves ahahahahahahahaha bark, bark buor til u die all ahahahahahahahahah combo ahahaha take your odour mouth from me ahahahahahahahahah dinka bor vs dika bar gays ahahahahahahahahah mother fucker dinkas ahahahahahaahahahah dinkas ahahahahahahag walai yaki dinkas ciguar long

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  • 15 August 2012 18:30, by Kim Deng

    When Nuer value is not longer adequate to hold the community together instead of self-interests, the community faces big challenges. In other words, putting nationalism above Nuer interest, Nuer interest faces the gravest crisis it has never encountered since 1800s. Neither condemnation nor blaming will change the course the rising-empire took.

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  • 15 August 2012 18:31, by Kim Deng

    Which means, the rising-Kingdom must not be deterred by words; rather, it must be engaged with strategies follow by actions.

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  • 15 August 2012 23:41, by ViVa Sudan

    To Akol Liai Mager,sir King & Gabriel UR HOPELESS PPL IF U THINK WE CARE ABOUT U WE HAVE MUSLIM BROTHERS IN S.SUDAN WIL NEVER FORGET THEM,lOOK AT U DON’T U FEEL ASHAMED dat U ABUSE EACH OTHER"REFUGEES SON OF CAMP " USE BAD LANGUAGE & CALL YA SELVES YOUTH BY DA way Islam is there , Musilm are there if u like or not don’t deny da fact stop dreaming ur ppl R hungary& dining.u need 100yrs 2 LEARN ...

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  • 16 August 2012 01:35, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Kaang etc,we need somebody who is fairs/care for Nation; Not tribe or any section in south. we are tires of tribal remarks line. Kiir and Riek will should not stand for next 2015 if they care for people. To avoid bloody sheat,they must not stand or risk thiers life and others. for the sake of country,they should do others business than dragging the country down. we must watches tribal line

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