Cabinet okays law on political parties

Cabinet okays law on political parties

The Council of Ministers in its regular meeting last week adopted the Political Party Act 2012, as amended in 2021.

The development came after the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ruben Madol Arol, presented the act to the Cabinet.

In a statement to the media on Friday, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Dr Martin Elia Lomuro, said the political parties act is important for preparing parties for the coming election in 2023 after the transitional period.

“As you know, the political parties act covers the provision of the revitalised agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. And, as we move towards the election, the whole world is watching us [and it is] now [up to us] to prepare political parties as we move towards 2023, ” Dr Lomuro said.

The law provides for how political parties will be registered, how the political parties’ council is established, and how the political council operates.

“It gives the details of how these various institutions will operate, the political council and how it is established. How you register a political party and how political parties should manage their finances in a transparent and accountable manner.

It gives a genuine provision on how political parties should operate in the Republic of South Sudan, ” he explained.

Section 4 (1) of the Political Parties Act 2012 stipulates that the act was “drafted per provisions of schedule (A) (30) and Article 25 (2) of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan (2011) which grants the national government exclusive legislative and executive powers over-regulation of political parties”.

Article 25 (2) of the constitution provides for the ‘‘formation and registration of political parties, associations, and trade unions which shall be regulated by law as is necessary for a democratic society’’.

Chapter 6 of the revitalised agreement sub-section (6.2.4) talks about promoting people’s participation in the governance of the country through democratic, free, and fair elections and the devolution of power and resources to the states.