CEPO warns against rushed elections

CEPO warns against rushed elections
Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO (photo credit: courtesy)

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has welcomed the statement of the head of United Nations representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan Nicholas Haysom calling on the government not to rush elections.

In a recent statement, the UNMISS boss Nicholas Hansom warned the leadership of the country that general elections in war-torn South Sudan could turn into a disaster, instead of a national turning point.

Mr. Haysom was briefing the UN Security Council last week on the situation in South Sudan.

He stressed that electoral preparations should be conducted alongside constitutional making processes, citing the significance of both processes.

CEPO also warned that any elections in South Sudan without proper transitional security arrangements and genuine implementation of the reforms proposed in the agreement and citizens-centered constitution will be a risk to the nation.

It pointed out in a press release on Monday that a conducive environment for credible elections is not yet achieved through the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO, has urged the presidency to take responsibility for transitioning the country from violence to peace.

“The delay in implementing the transitional security arrangements and slow establishment of the political proposed structures by the various provisions of the R-ARCSS is posing worry for successful transitioning of the country from violence to peace,” Mr. Yakani noted.

Yakani said it is the presidency to decide to either transition the country smoothly from violence to peace or maintain the country in the current situation.

“The country is facing dangerous shocks namely floods and deadly communal violence that require urgent attention of the country’s leadership,” CEPO’s boss said in a statement.

 He further called on the leaders to review the current situation facing the citizens and demonstrate clear responsibility to implement the R-ARCSS, which is the only national political instrument for a peaceful transition to democracy.