SPIDO appeals to lawmakers to pass budget for the R-NCRC

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) has been urged to speed up the process of approving the budget for the Reconstituted National Constitutional Review Commission (R-NCRC).

By Denis Ejulu

The Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) has been urged to speed up the process of approving the budget for the Reconstituted National Constitutional Review Commission (R-NCRC).

 Support Peace Initiative Development Organization (SPIDO)- a civil society organization based in Juba, said on Wednesday that the Council of Ministers already approved the budget for R-NCRC, but it is being held up by the TNLA.

‘’ As Civil Society engaged in the Constitutional Making Process, we are concerned about the continued delay by the parliament in tabling the budget for the Constitutional Review Commission, which is estimated to be 43 million South Sudanese pounds (SSP). This budget was approved by the Council of Ministers and was intended to be passed by the parliament to enable the R-NCRC to carry out its mandates in an efficient manner, given that the process is urgent and in public interest,” said Wodcan Saviour Lazarus, the Executive Director for SPIDO in a statement issued in Juba.

He said the R-NCRC is currently unable to carry out its mandate as per the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

Saviour noted that progress on the Permanent Constitutional making process has been slow and much work remains to be done.

“We highlight the urgency of completing the permanent constitution making within the 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan time frames; remember the term of the current Unity Government shall come to an end in February 2025. So, we urge all parties and stakeholders involved to exercise political will and commitment for the process to be successful and people driven,” he disclosed.

The country is due for general elections in December 2024, and yet key electoral laws have not been drafted and reviewed by R-NCRC.

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