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S. Sudan: Rights body calls for sustainable peace before elections


September 4, 2017 (KAMPALA) - The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has appealed to the government of South Sudan to give time for the institutions in the young nation to reform and achieve total and sustainable peace before polls are conducted in 2018.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir casts his vote in the 2010 general elections. (Reuters)

In a statement issued Monday, CPJ’s coordinator Tito Anthony said that peace first needed to be achieved then will elections follow.

"Election cannot happen while the country is still at war it impossible to conduct credible free and fair democratic elections in South Sudan without sustainable peace,” said Tito.

He added, "For credible election, there must be adequate preparations otherwise it not have been done to allow for free and fair elections."

Last week, South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth was quoted saying general elections will take place at end of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) period in 2018.

"If it happens that the government forces to conduct the elections despite the insecurity, than I call on South Sudanese citizens to boycott elections because it will not reflect their will,” stressed Tito.

The CPJ coordinator said South Sudan needed to review laws such as the National Elections Act and the Political Parties Act as stipulated in the provisions of the 2015 signed peace agreement.

"The facts that the general security and humanitarian situations in the country is it will not allow peace election,” he said, adding "We need to work to achieve peace first and elections will be done in peaceful environment.

Last month, the United Nations special envoy for South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom warned that the young nation could face more problems if issue affecting it are not tackled prior to next year’s general polls.

"There is sporadic fighting and widespread insecurity across the country," Haysom told the UN Security Council.

"Our engagements with South Sudanese interlocutors, including the opposition, suggest that battlefield fortunes continue to inform the calculus of both the government and its opponents."

South Sudan President Salva Kiir earlier called upon opposition groups to prepare for the country’s general elections, earmarked to take place after the end of the Transitional Government of National Unity period in 2018.

To fast track processes leading to the polls, President Kiir in May officially declared his national dialogue initiative and declared unilateral cease-fire with rebels, albeit it has repeated been violated.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced in South Sudan’s conflict triggered by political differences between President Kiir, a Dinka, and his former deputy, Riek Machar.


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  • 5 September 2017 11:54, by Lenin Bull

    SPLA-IO terrorists are working day and nights to fail the country. They will not stop fighting. Who knows when the rebels will stop fighting the government? The government must hold elections in 2018 or else failing to do so the whole world will consider President Salva Kiir illegitimate president and will work towards regime change.

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  • 5 September 2017 11:59, by Lenin Bull

    Elections must be held in 2018 without postponing them. Only political idiots will play himself into SPLA-IO tricks of causing insecurity and at the same time calling for elections not to take place. Ask who is fighting now in South Sudan? It is of course SPLA-IO and again it is their strategy to postpone elections so that finally President Salva Kiir will be considered illegitimate by world.

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  • 5 September 2017 12:04, by Lenin Bull

    Elections are being held in Sudan, Uganda, DR.Congo, Mali, Chad, CAR, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc despite the presence of rebels in the country. Those occupying J1 along with President Salva Kiir should not mislead him to postpone elections. It will be costly and a political mistake with grave consequences on President Salva Kiir and his government.Learn from the region.

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  • 5 September 2017 13:30, by Independent Thinker

    Dear brother or sister,

    If I may asked you; who started the war in 2013? Yes of course! IS your uncle Kiir who started the crisis? Go to YouTube on 14/12/2013.

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  • 5 September 2017 13:31, by Independent Thinker

    Dear brother or sister,

    If I may asked you; who started the war in 2013? Yes of course!your uncle Kiir started the crisis? Go to YouTube on 14/12/2013 you see the hate speech delivery by your step father.

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  • 5 September 2017 13:37, by Independent Thinker

    It is a true when Kiir say yes, it is mean no, and when he say no, it is mean yes. Whether you like it or not, there will be no election in 2018. One Million South Sudanese are in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, DRC, Central African Republic. What are you talking about my boy! You are very silly indeed like your step father Kiir

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  • 5 September 2017 21:59, by dinkdong

    Either way, Kiir and his corrupted bastards will still hang on to power. The international community should put away Kiir as well. They are both useless.

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