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Rights body backs decision to recall SPLM-IO regional MPs

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August 22, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese human rights entity has backed calls to block members of the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) from the East African assembly, saying they were ineligible.

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South Sudanese MPs stand during a parliamentary session in Juba on 31 August 2011 (AFP)

Tito Anthony, the Centre for Peace and Justice Coordinator said electing lawmakers loyal to the country’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai to the regional assembly contravened South Sudan’s Election Act, 2011.

He said Gideon Gatpan Thoar, who contested last month as the flag bearer of SPLM-IO does not qualify as a member of the assembly.

Thoar won the election, but the law does not favour him owing to the fact that he contested on behalf of a non-registered political entity.

"SPLM-IO is an armed opposition entity, not a registered as political party, let them register first with South Sudan Political Parties Council as a political party and after that they have all the rights to participate in all political activities in country and beyond the nation such as nominating their members for East Africa Legislative Assembly election and contesting for country presidency,” said Tito.

Meanwhile, the human right body has urged South Sudan parliament to follow the right procedure and principles of regional policy on the nomination of their members to the East African body.

"Am urging the South Sudan Legislative Assembly to follow the election laws of the East Africa Community and call for new nomination from a political party to fill and compete for the seat that SPLM-IO member elected to,” said the CPJ coordinator.

Early this month, members of South Sudan’s national assembly elected nine representatives to the regional assembly. They included six men and three women.

In June, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) granted an interim order restraining the East African assembly from swearing in nine South Sudan MPs over improper nomination.

The new EALA representatives from the six member states were supposed to take oath of office on 5 June, but it was suspended following the restraining order against South Sudan.

(ST)

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  • 23 August 2017 11:32, by lou nuer

    Do you think Tito Anthony you follow what is written in our Country Constitution now? And why do you allow him to contested and won the election after all you complain of saying is not registered political Party? Ok still fine. Let the Food lover of Taban Deng face all the challenges of Kiir government. Fire them but IO outside now is recognized whether is registed or not is known as PP. Thank

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    • 23 August 2017 18:45, by Kush Natives

      Slave/lou Nuer,
      Stop acting out of your mind! Have you ever heard a country on this planet rebels are eligible on anything except killing people? You’re really typical Nuer who completely delusional and have no ideals of what it take to understand the world system. Why not participating in Gambella government? Because that’s you belong!

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      • 23 August 2017 18:54, by Kush Natives

        SPLM-IO is already finished except for its media orphanage whom remained safe under the keyboard. We have already told you long ago that forget about Juba unless you become a Nuer-wew! SPLM-IO is only remained a killing, rape and looting civilians party in the jungles. There’s no government on earth who allows slaves participation.

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      • 25 August 2017 15:26, by Midit Mitot

        Mr. Kuch Natives,
        Don,t spoil IO images , those are food lover not true IO/Nuer, again, Dr Machar is coming to Juba, where will you go @Yaaaaah forks?

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