Justice Minister revokes registration fees for political parties

Political parties will no longer pay registration fees to the Political Parties Council (PPC) following the decision of the National Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to revoke the exorbitant fees.
Ruben Madol Arol, Miniater of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

By Simon Deng

Political parties will no longer pay registration fees to the Political Parties Council (PPC) following the decision of the National Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to revoke the exorbitant fees.

Ruben Madol Arol on Monday removed registration fees imposed on the political parties by the chairperson of the political parties’ council.

“The decision of the chairperson of the political parties’ council is illegal and unlawful as it is based on the political parties’ council regulation 2024, still under amendment and not yet signed into regulation, and not the political parties’ council regulation 2015 which is in force now pending the signature,” said Arol in a statement issued in Juba.

He said the political parties’ council violated the 2011 Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, as amended and the Political Parties’ Act 2012 as amended as well as the Bank of South Sudan Act 2011.

In March 2024, 14 opposition political parties including People’s United Forum (PUF) led by Gai Chol Paul and the National Democratic Movement (NDM) led by Lam Akol Ajawin rejected the provisional registration fees of 50,000 U.S dollars and license fees of 25,000 dollars as requirement for full registration with the political parties’ council.

The chairperson for the political parties’ council, James Akol Zakayo argued that political parties must have 500 members per State to be able to raise the registration fees.

In April 2024, opposition political parties filed complaint to the justice minister through their lawyer Gabriel Kuot Akok Deng, challenging the legality of the registration fees imposed on them.

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