South Sudan Elections Postponed As A good Will Gesture For Peace!
Feb 13, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — According to South Sudan minister of Information and Broadcasting, and the Government Spokesman, Michael Makuei Lueth, South Sudan cabinet has postponed the 2015 elections for another two years to 2017.
“In our quest for peace, the cabinet has decided to call off the elections and extend the lifespan of the elected positions so that we give peace a chance,” Makuei says.
“The cabinet has decided to give peace a chance, in so doing the cabinet has decided to extend the lifespan of the office of the president and the legislature for two years with effect from the 9th July 2015 to 9th July 2017” Makuei reiterates.
The elections, which were imposed to be conducted on 30th June, 2015 by Salva Kiir’s regime, lacked approval from the international communities, claiming that South Sudan is raged by wars and deaths, and therefore, the South Sudanese must focused on restoring peace, reconciliations and healing.
According to these voices, which were outrageously rejected by Juba, the two warring parties must signed an agreement before July 2015 and form a Transitional Government of National Unity that would last 30 months before elections are conducted.
Juba insisted that the elections must be conducted before July to reinstate Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardiit as the president, however, for the last two months South Sudan had met attempts to borrow loans from South Africa, Egypt, and China to conduct its election but little has been achieved.
In addition, the drop in oil prices at the world market and respective output per day have weaken the insufficient petro-dollar that South Sudan entirely depends on.
According to South Sudan transitional constitution (2011) censuses, and voter registration must proceed the general elections. In addition, all political parties must be registered before they participate in general elections. These processes, which are to be conducted, at least, 6 months before the elections have not been done.
The minister has said the cabinet will work with the national parliament to amend the transitional constitution to accommodate the changes.
“Cabinet will now work with the national parliament to amend the constitution in a way that extends the mandate of the movement to 9 July 2017,” he said.
The minister, however, claims that this decision was made in accordance to the recently signed partial agreements by the two principles, Dr. Riek Machar and Salva Kiir, and therefore, the postponement of elections is a good will gesture to allow peace in the country.
“This is in order to give peace a chance, so that and this is a clear expression of the government that it is serious and its means peace” Makuie says.