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NDI briefs Machar on result of survey among South Sudanese


April 25, 2013 (JUBA) – The US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) has carried out a survey among the citizens on the ongoing constitutional making process in the country.

According to the survey, the people of South Sudan want the freedoms of movement and expression to be clearly stipulated in the permanent constitution as priority rights in the supreme law of the land.

The Resident Country Director of the American international organization, Kury Cobham, together with the NDI Senior Advisor, Traci Cook, on Wednesday briefed the vice-president of the Republic, Riek Machar Teny, on their findings from more than six hundred interviews they had conducted with the people across the country.

In a statement after the briefing, NDI’s Senior Advisor, Traci Cook, told the press that their survey was conducted in various towns and villages in the ten states in the last few months, targeting different ethnicities, genders, ages and education levels.

The survey as Cook elaborately explained included issues of democracy, justice, ownership of property and term limits for the executive constitutional post-holders, among many others.

She said the people in all the ten states have strongly expressed the need to contribute and accommodate their views in the constitutional making process, with the majority of them giving most of their concerns to the need for freedoms of movement, freedom of expression and access to education in addition to term limit for the president.

The survey also revealed that the citizens were against the appointment of any member of parliament whether at the state or national level, saying they should all be electable by the people to whom they will be answerable in their respective constituencies.

The same issue also applies to governor and county commissioner who should also be elected and not appointed, she explained.

Majority of citizens also want multiparty democracy in South Sudan and detest dictatorship or one-party system.

When asked about their opinion on presidential contests between various politicians in the country, there was a consensus among the interviewees that as long as it was constitutional right for every citizen to contest for the presidency, it was therefore a normal democratic exercise that should be respected and allowed to happen.

The survey also expressed the importance of respecting and developing traditional authority at local levels in the country.

There was also rejection of the increasing size of dowry for marriage, asking for constitutional provision that should guide payment of dowry for the respective ethnicities in the country.

The surveys also revealed that majority of the people are against girl-child early marriage and would prefer the age of 18 years and above as appropriate for marriage.

The survey also revealed that majority of the citizens want the permanent constitution to recognize Abyei region as part of South Sudan.


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  • 25 April 2013 07:10, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Yes, you have touched the heats of the grass roots, many of South Sudanese are in love with freedom of speech, movement, contest to be elected, term limits and so on. To appointed by Individual is useless one of the evil MP from Eastern Upper Nile was appointed in 2011 to National Assembly.It will not happen again if the said constitution will articulated.

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    • 25 April 2013 07:12, by Tutbol

      Here we go! The Americans of old people would come all the way to South Sudan to interview our villagers on how they want their lives and their country be ruled!! Can we smell the americans dirty ways of setting communities against each others here? Why does the govt of S Sudan gave these criminals visas in the first place?

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      • 25 April 2013 08:37, by Wunditda

        NDI is a research institute that has been permitted by South Sudan to make research on several challenging factors. They’re not criminals.

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      • 25 April 2013 08:48, by The Republic of South Sudan

        All these criminal acts which are happening in South Sudan is because of lack democracy, incapable institutions, illiterate (appointed) MPs, tribal-oriented president appointed head of security organs. Illiterate and traitor presidential advisers; womanizers and guruch oriented cabinets/council of Ministers. Why does this grade 7 old man uses decree while was elected president?
        2015, bye randit,

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        • 25 April 2013 10:21, by Mi diit

          You are right. There are those who fear democracy to death. They are not confident in themselves to win free and fair elections. They think they should be left free as born kings in the 21st century. But the people have spoken and will tell them big NO. They are destined to lose!

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      • 25 April 2013 12:41, by Garang Deng

        Dear NDI and Dr macher
        That is good work done; the future president or man of democracy, the dictatorship Kirr will be put to ICC very soon, the one who killed Isaiah Abraham.

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        • 25 April 2013 14:28, by julia

          Garang Deng.
          Pls if u read Arabic pls read Al,misir news paper today. A man from Twic Bor by Name Deng Bior Duot with his criminals mate one from Barh El ghazal and one from Equatoria counterfeit USD 40,000 .
          What a son of a whore ameer.
          He is even warning the court that he should be free in no less than an hours otherwise kiir Government would face desertor.

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          • 25 April 2013 15:03, by Garang Deng

            Is it true?
            That is what we like too, even those who killed our righteous Isaahai Abraham will face it soon.

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            • 25 April 2013 16:02, by julia

              Garang Deng.
              that is true, they re now in juba main police station. he confise that they print 2000 $ per day sine june last yr. This kiir goverment is going the way of hell.

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  • 25 April 2013 08:18, by Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub

    They come again! Damn!!! Our citizens should know that this damn call America is the one destablised our country with rotten politics.

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    • 25 April 2013 08:32, by Wunditda

      Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub---
      America has never played dirty politics against us bro. Through them, we achieved independence. Do not be a ridiculous man.

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    • 25 April 2013 15:21, by Bentiu son

      Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub,shut up son of slave who were brought up with stolen public money of RSS with illegible fake name.Why against American who pressurized Khartoum for our Independence. Congratulation NDI for your scientific researches which revealed the facts and demands of our innocent forgotten people in grass root levels.Kiir brutal regime will be remember by future generation

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  • 25 April 2013 08:27, by Wunditda

    This research survey done by Ndi is really very representative and philosophical. It represents and reflects the views of majority South Sudanese undeniably. The most views it touched here which includes freedom of expression, presidential term limit and multiparty system of governance are very vital in fostering democracy in our nation. I hope government will put all these views in to use.

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  • 25 April 2013 08:30, by tootke’bai-ngo

    what government?, do we really have a government in South Sudan?, any garbage can enter the country any time they want, do anything they want & leave without abstical at all, If those incompetent, the so called leaders can’t control crime in Juba, what do you think happening all these years in the countryside?

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  • 25 April 2013 08:35, by The Republic of South Sudan

    Some people here in South Sudan are University graduate but still illiterate.If you don’t want this -NDI to find out people’s opinion about this government how will you that you are in the right direction in services delivery? Many civilians and intellectual were murdered during peace time (2005- up to date) by SPLA security organs lead by Kiir. Deputy Minister of Interior killed a man last mont

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    • 25 April 2013 09:03, by Panda Odhie

      NDI or American are acted to confuse the poor nations like SS,Dear readers go through again ,did the payment of dowries need constitution to mend on it? i don’t agree on that point because dowries are defend on tribe convenant or rituals it got nothing concern with NDI or (AHRW) NO. this is the way of destroying our strong culturals of South Sudan believe me.

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      • 25 April 2013 10:20, by Son of Upper Nile

        semi-literates like Panda Odhie & Tutbol find themselves enjoying wealth & positions they don’t deserve. That is why they like this mess to continue & accuse the same Americans that supported our struggle till independence. Why you oppose multi-party democracy, term of office limit, freedom of expression. It’s because you want dictatorship & corruption to prevail

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  • 25 April 2013 10:24, by steven

    In a new country it is always necessary to take some time to adjust the laws of the country. The citizens also have to take active part in expressing their needs.

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    • 25 April 2013 11:30, by Kurnyel

      I am truly informs that Dr Riek Machar shall not and will not be allows to stand presidency in South Sudan instead he will stand trial for his alleges genocide role against Dinka in 1990s, they said that this man is a criminal and cannot be allow to lives in Juba within two years to come instead of his Nuer land. The SPLA secret service also have been set to deal with him before he murder other ge

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      • 25 April 2013 11:57, by Mi diit

        Your English is sick. And you must also be sick in the brain. See a doctor before it is too late.

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      • 25 April 2013 12:05, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

        Kurnyel Shut-up your muoth Son of Bitch Dr. Machar he is man of Peace here in South Sudan without Dr. Machar there is No South Sudan your Criminal President Salva,Drunker, and Mudered Citizen Salva Kiir Wiski or Acoholic with Stupid Mind ,he is using Corruption and he is first Thieft here in South Sudan don’t Bother with Criminal Salva .

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        • 25 April 2013 12:30, by Amannyigat Ku Kuat Ran Nek Koc Junub

          Bilpham & whatever u call ur name
          If you are not stupid enough! Why should you support traitors Nyigatism called Risk Machine. Which peace does he brought in South Sudan. He knows how to carryout genocide against his own people like 1991. Criminal Risk Machine is not & will not be a president mark my word idiot.

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          • 25 April 2013 20:32, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

            Hey Stupid Amannyagat you don’t know the way you are Supporting Salva Kiir wiski , am very Intellegent than you your Father Wiski please am Really Future Leader than your Alcoholic President Wiski please could you give me five days only to Leading our New Nation and my Five Days will be the same than 8 years of your Father Salva Kiir Wiskii Leadership.

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          • 25 April 2013 20:32, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

            Hey Stupid Amannyagat you don’t know the way you are Supporting Salva Kiir wiski , am very Intellegent than you your Father Wiski please am Really Future Leader than your Alcoholic President Wiski please could you give me five days only to Leading our New Nation and my Five Days will be the same than 8 years of your Father Salva Kiir Wiskii Leadership.

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        • 25 April 2013 12:53, by Garang Deng

          That is true, we the educated citizen we known who is good and who is bad.
          Kurnyel is useless man who talks like fishes.

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      • 25 April 2013 12:30, by Wunditda

        Kurnyel— What you are talking about here is not the subject. Please stick to the headline above. OK!

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  • 25 April 2013 13:51, by Tura Acuse

    OMG! Dr. machar is trying to show South Sudanese particularly the President Kiir mayardit that is a man. lol. off course no one can make better than he do. I like that.

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  • 25 April 2013 16:30, by kuac Agol

    The people of S.S do not know what is written in the constitution and it is the sole responsibility of the govt to Educate them on what is in the book rather than writing it by themselve and keep it by themselve however, we are asking the Civil right Activists to push the govt toward telling the people at the grass root level what they re doing and how they re doing it
    Alot of thanks to ND

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  • 25 April 2013 18:18, by Andrew Ojok

    Yes we can! But you forgotten one more things that we are still in jungle law not American way baby call ur boyfriend Riak to give u more advises on warn. warning is first objections to new nation that we shell be never be free and less someone with clean record come for helps like son of God Jesus. Amend below plse.

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  • 25 April 2013 18:40, by Gatluak P

    well done NDI. South Sudan needs a strong and honest constitutional developing righteous. Therefore, a new contract will not only bring a better leadership but a well functioning societies as well. This will prevent all truancy holders..

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  • 26 April 2013 05:48, by Akoch A. Magardit

    Hi everyone,
    It’s one thing to appreciate the work done by NDI at this stage and it’s another to be very judgemental and cautious of the way we understand it, because our country is currently at a system developmental stage hence, not much could have been done pretty well to satisfy citizens. Nevertheless, we all do hope for much better services than now.

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