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South Sudan Nuers in Ethiopia select electoral board

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Ethiopian Nuer child, Jany, eating with his mother after he was rescued from Murle abductors (BBC photo)
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 13, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - As exiled South Sudan Nuers prepare to conduct general election, the Nuer Youth Union in Ethiopia on Friday disclosed that it has selected an electoral board tasked to facilitate the General election.

The Addis Ababa based Union has also appointed Kun Puok Riek, as the chairperson of the electoral commission.

Leaders of the electoral board told Sudan Tribune that the 16 committees withdrawn from the so-known Greaters four sub-community namely Pangak, Akoba, Bentiu and Nasir counties have elected Riek as chairperson of the electoral commission to head and access all the process of General election.

Riek who also is chairman of the Nuer youth union called for a peaceful pre and post election as well as for fair elections.

"The future of this community must come from us. This is the time to make difference by electing the right leader," Riek said.

He urged his fellow citizens to desist from being used as a political tools of violence against each other or from being used as agents of hatred through social medias.

"I urge all of you to use this platform to preach peace and influence positive change for Nuer youth in Ethiopia" he said further noting the importance of election to build a Democratic Society in war striven South Sudan.

As well as appointment of chair, the union has also appointed deputy, Secretary, finance, information and special advisors for the electoral board.

The newly established board has called on Nuer diasporas and intellectuals to back up and support the youth union financially and through their wise advice’s.

Riek told Sudan Tribune that the Nuer youth union is a neutral and non-political organization which only serves per the interest of Nuer youth.

"The election will be held without any political intervention" Riek said.

He added that "We don’t want any political party or politician to drive us because our politicians have already got themselves divided".

The general elections are slated to be held later in May shorty after Ethiopia decides to lift a running state of emergency.

Last October the east of African nation declared a six-month state decree to arrest a year-long deadly anti-government protest which killed hundreds.

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  • 14 January 00:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

    What are you talking about "General election"? Is this electoral board for South Sudan election or Ethiopia election? What is the purpose for this election if I may ask? Would you please tell us in details or be clear with your message.

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    • 14 January 01:17, by Marco A. Wek

      You read it as Nuer youth Union.

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    • 14 January 09:23, by Mayok

      Dinka disturbed General;
      Why you always interfere people business? This is a community organizer and you read it or you want it to be written in Dinka language? I warn you and never interfere to Naath business again and just deal with your stupid junk criminal of idiot. Thank you

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  • 14 January 08:38, by Fair Man

    Dinka-Defender General
    If you in Juba, under Salva Kiir do not want elections and enjoy illegality in running affairs of the country without authorization of the public, the Nuer Youth in Ethiopia are different. They want to be elected democratically, unlike your stooges who gave themselves mandate and want people to respect them. Absolutely NO. We are dealing with illegitimate government.

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    • 14 January 09:17, by Mayom County Troops

      I wish all my fellows Nuer community a free and fair Election , with out ant rigging with in the Union of Nuer Parties .

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      • 14 January 15:39, by Naath

        Mayom County Women,

        Mind your business, you are Nuer sell out but true Nuer. God has created you Nuer men, but you transform yourselves into women so Dinka men can have a chance to go in bed with you Mayom County Women.You do not need to involve in real Nuer activities and afraid you will not get involve Dinka council of elders activities either. Shame on you sold out.

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