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South Sudan approves eight members of National Election Commission


August 29, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly has endorsed eight members of the National Election Commission (NEC) on Tuesday but dropped one proposed member for being under the required age limit.

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A man casts his ballot at a polling station during the election in Mangalla, Terekeka county, Central Equatoria state, south Sudan April 11, 2010. (Reuters)

The approval of the candidates put forward by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir comes after an earlier parliamentary sitting refused to endorse the members as they did not regionally represent South Sudan.

Some members of parliament, civil society and a Nuer youth group rejected Kiir’s appointments claiming they lacked of consultation and regional representation.

On Tuesday, the national assembly unanimously endorsed the chairperson, deputy and six other members but asked the President to select another person to replace Julia Akur whose age is said to be less than the required 35 years. Female lawmakers argued that the assembly should approve Akur as very few women could match her qualification but Speaker James Wani Igga refused.

“We have to respect the law regardless of being a man or woman,” said Speaker Wani. Less the 30% of South Sudanese can read and write and the statistics are even worse for women and girls making.

South Sudan succeeded from Sudan in 2011 and entered a transitional period that expires in 2015 when first elections will be held.

The eight members who were approved by the National Legislative Assembly were:

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


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  • 30 August 2012 06:24, by Mi diit

    There shall be no problem if they are qualified members as the requirements dictate. Unless otherwise. We need true democratic processes in South Sudan.

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    • 30 August 2012 09:23, by Dinkawarrior

      The Dinka Cowboy don’t have right to takes our government by himself without the help from our representatives, we elected them to represent our voices. It was president’s Private Cabinet’s support but it’s okay for the parliaments to approved it.

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  • 30 August 2012 07:02, by Guandong

    John Dak Puk suppose to be the chair or deputy according to three greatest regions, our representatative should not be no 8 as uns malakal. I refuse that endorsement.

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    • 30 August 2012 08:55, by michael coma

      Guys,let us see how they will performe their duties in coming election and than we will judge them not now.

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  • 30 August 2012 07:11, by Kaang

    The grievances of Nuer youth have been brought to rest and approved as per their request.Hahaaa. The age limit is valid thanks to the NLA. Case arrested, the Nuer youth must either commit suicide or comply.

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    • 30 August 2012 08:35, by Ruach

      Kaang!You must be mad!Those guys are tribal guys and will do only the line they are intructed

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      • 30 August 2012 09:51, by daniell

        8members plus 1vacancy are too many for National Election commission role.Representation need to be reflected on legislative assemble not National Election Commission.National Election Commission is an unbrella of parties not states.The utmost questions every one should be concern is whether those members are qualified and fit the National Election Commission.

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  • 30 August 2012 10:57, by thok chuni yok

    SSNLA,please go head you got the idea of some peaple in this forum SPLA/M OYEE!!!.

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  • 31 August 2012 01:28, by panom lualbil

    Thank you Mr. President for changing your mind. Becos those of Nyanmachar would had been ran into khartoum to be used against Dinka Bareghazel.

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