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Survey shows most South Sudanese want 2024 elections

Authors: Koang Pal Chang | Emmanuel Akile | Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Map of South Sudan. (File/Courtesy).

A survey on public perceptions of the revitalized peace agreement has shown that the citizens want the December 2024 elections to take place with or without a permanent constitution or risk of violence.

According to Detcro Research and Advisory which conducted the survey, the exercise was carried out in the 15 most populated towns across the country, and the population data was based on information from World Food.

The survey conducted in April and May this year was made public during a civil society organizations’ consultation meeting in Juba on Tuesday, May 30.

In the Barh el Ghazal region, the survey was conducted in Aweil East, Gogrial West, Yirol West, Rumbek Central, and Jur River.

In the Upper Nile region, the survey was carried out in Bor South, Malakal, Renk, Rubkona, and Pibor.

Meanwhile, in the Equatoria region, it was conducted in Juba, Torit, Yei, and Yambio.

The perceptions survey shows that many South Sudanese feel they are prepared to vote in December 2024 elections.

Most of the respondents also say enactment of a permanent constitution should be done by the new, and elected government, while few want it done by transitional government.

However, the survey shows that the majority of South Sudanese feel that census is necessary for conducting fair, fair and credible elections.

Many also say although the risk of election violence is very high, they wanted December 2024 votes to take place.

The Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani says the survey has shown that the people have spoken and their voice is clear on elections.

“The citizens have spoken, whether there is violence or there is no violence they are ready to go for elections,” Yakani told Eye Radio’s Dawn Show.

“The elections must take place, whether in the face of the violence, in the face of violence, they want to see elections, that is a key message to political leaders of the country,

“Citizens are looking into elections as the end game of transitional,” he said.

“We need to reach a certain minimum condition. We can’t make everything the same to have perfect elections, there are no perfect elections in this world,

“The survey has covered 15 counties and the idea is just to get several audiences from different constituencies of South Sudanese to raise up their concerns,

Yakani says there are key questions that were lingering in people’s minds.

He said people have been asking themselves about options.

“There are key questions that were lingering in people’s minds, should we go for elections without census, or should we go for elections after the census, should we look at a permanent constitution first before elections, or should we go for election while a permanent constitution-making process continues.”

On the role of the United National Mission in South Sudan, many wanted the UN to only provide financial and technical support to the conduct of the election.

Few say they don’t want the involvement of UNMISS in the conduct of elections.

The survey was conducted by Detcro Research and Advisory in collaboration with Coventry University in the United Kingdom with funding from the Peace Rep program.

It says the purpose of the survey is to know people’s feelings and perceptions about the revitalized peace agreement.

Detcro Research and Advisory says the findings are not final, but one of those ongoing public surveys it is currently conducting on the revitalized peace agreement.

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