President Kiir rules out extension of transitional period, assures citizens of elections

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday said that he will not extend the transitional period, adding that citizens should prepare for the upcoming elections that will put an end to the current transitional period.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit [Photo: PPU]

By Awan Achiek

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday said that he will not extend the transitional period, adding that citizens should prepare for the upcoming elections that will put an end to the current transitional period.

“We shouldn’t be seen as clinging to power by extending our tenure again. Let the parties really engage in continuous dialogue to agree on the elections schedule,” Kiir said during the annual opening ceremony of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in Juba.

 He urged lawmakers to work tirelessly to pass the pending laws necessary for the conduct of elections scheduled for December 2024.

Jemma Nunu Kumba, Speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly promised that lawmakers will redouble efforts to ensure the timely completion of the remaining legislative work necessary for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

“The national legislature also pledges to double efforts to ensure that all the remaining legislative work required before elections will be completed, and the constitution -making process will be as participatory and inclusive as provided for in the Revitalized Peace Agreement,” Nunu said.

Nunu said the assembly would play a positive and constructive role to prepare the citizens to fully and peacefully participate in the elections.

“I am convinced that all the MPs in the national legislature, irrespective of their various political affiliations, pledge to play a positive and constructive role alongside the participating arms of our government to prepare our citizens to fully and peacefully participate in the conduct of the elections,” she said.

The Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC), Charles Tai Gituai, while addressing a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) in February, said that much work remains to be done to complete the pending tasks within the peace agreement to pave way for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

Gituai said that pending tasks include funding and operationalization of the elections-related institutions responsible for the preparation and conduct of elections and the making of the permanent constitution, whose provisions will guide the conduct of elections.

He also noted that other key pending tasks include judicial reforms to enhance the capacity and independence of judicial institutions, completion of phase 1 and phase 2 unification of forces, and the expansion of political and civic space to enhance public participation in the constitution and election processes.

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