Parties need to speed up pending tasks critical for credible elections

The visit of the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, should be harnessed by the parties within the transitional unity government.

Ramaphosa in 2016 visited Juba, where he held talks with all the parties including President Salva Kiir, First Vice President Riek Machar and the former political detainees in a bid to unify the splinter factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The parties in 2015 signed the reunification agreement of the SPLM in Arusha, and South Africa as a friend of the SPLM has been at the forefront of mediating peace in South Sudan.

Ramaphosa’s counsel to the leaders, he met must be taken serious as the country prepares for it’s first elections.

There are so many challenges remaining such as the security arrangements, enactment of the permanent constitution and many others.

These are critical for the country to hold free, fair and credible elections if implemented on time.

South Sudan is approaching a critical juncture as it seeks to transition from conflict toward democratic governance. This opportunity warrants leaders to make right choices.

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