Elections will be competitive, prepare – Igga warns SPLM

Elections will be competitive, prepare – Igga warns SPLM
Vice President Dr James Wani Igga (photo credit: courtesy)

Vice President for Economic Cluster and Deputy Chairperson of Sudan’s People Liberation Movement [SPLM] Dr James Wani Igga has called on the party members to get ready for serious competition in the upcoming election.

He appealed to the citizens to join the party to prepare for the general election after the transitional period in  2023.

“We are here to give more energy to the SPLM in this host state and host to the national government and of course because have to re-energized the SPLM because there is a serious competition going to come and it’s not a joke,” Dr Igga said.

He was addressing SPLM members at the party State Secretariat in Central Equatoria State during the launch of the membership registration and cards production on Tuesday in Juba.

 “And because of this remarkable and spectacular gathering I want to say that the goal will include proving to Central Equatoria State and South Sudan at large that indeed we are re-jubilate the moral,” he added.

In April 2021, the Revitalised Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) had said that it was planning to hold a general election in 2023 as per the requirements of the 2018 peace accord.

Chapter 1.20.5 of the R-ARCSS stipulates that ‘sixty days prior to the end of the Transitional Period, the National Elections Commission (NEC) shall organize elections in accordance with the provisions of the permanent constitution adopted pursuant to the agreement.

But the delays in the implementation of the peace deal have thrown the bid to transition into a democracy in serious doubts. By now, various key institutions for elections like the National Elections (NEC) have not been constituted.

Presidential  Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny earlier in April this year assured South Sudanese people and the regional and international community government remains committed to ensuring transparency and accountability.

In September 2021, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General Nicholas Haysom has warned that the slow implementation of the security arrangements could obstruct election after the end of the transitional period.

He said they witnessed an increase in violence particularly communal violence and humanitarian challenges and slow security arrangements that can be an obstacle for the coming election.

However, 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.

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