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Opposition parties push for election

Author : Moses Legge | Published: Saturday, December 6, 2014

About eleven political parties say they support an idea of holding General Election before July next year.

The group led by Francis Ben Ataba, the Deputy Chairperson of United Democratic Salvation Front -Mainstream, said the decision respects the transitional constitution.

“We have considered the following reasons; respect of the law of the land by complying with the provision of the South Sudan Constitution 2011, avoidance of situation of political and economic chaos that could emanate from the constitutional vacuum resulting from lack of holding election promptly,” Mr Ataba outlined.

The Chairperson of South Sudan National Election Commission, Abednego Akok, seconded the decision, saying it promotes democracy in the country.

“This is the culture of democracy we want to promote in our country; everybody should have a view on anything we do,” he said.

On Monday, the National Elections Commission had organized a one day consultative meeting with the political parties to seek their views on the proposed General Elections Calendar.

During Monday’s meeting, Political parties were divided over when to hold the next general elections.

However, the Charge de Affairs in the US embassy in Juba recently said donors do not see a possibility of carrying out general elections next year.

“We and the other donors, as we look at the possibility of elections, truly do not see how an election can be prepared in such a short period of time. The constitution calls for a census before elections,” said Ambassador Charles Haile Twining.

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