Opposition unwilling to prepare for polls – Kiir

Opposition unwilling to prepare for polls – Kiir
President Salva Kiir (photo credit: Presidential Press Unit)

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Thursday revealed to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that he had been left alone in the race to prepare for general elections slated for 2023.

He said he had been calling other parties to prepare for the elections, but none seemed to care about it.

He reiterated that he expected elections to be held in 2023 as it was agreed in the revitalised agreement.

”President Salva Kiir Mayardit said he has been calling and urging the people and the parties to prepare for the elections and yet he is the President, but he hopes and expects everyone to be ready for elections by 2023,” read part of the statement from the office of the president.

The mission of the delegation was to improve cooperation with the current government, gather data, and devise ways to be able to sustain the regime.

Besides, the delegation sought to understand the working relationship between the government of South Sudan and the United Nations team within South Sudan.

“The UN delegation also told H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit that they will try their best to serve the common course and expressed their readiness to continue with the traditional relations and share experiences in enhancing cooperation between South Sudan and United Nations Security Council,” read part of the statement.

“They said achieving peace is a collective responsibility and they pledged to provide enormous support to the Government of South Sudan to attain peace and stability.”

Reminder about elections

It is not the first time that President Kiir has talked about the need for preparation for the polls come 2023.

At an event that was organised by the SPLM Youth League under the theme “celebrating the past and present achievements while committing to the future’’, earlier this year, the president appealed to his party members to remain active and position themselves to win seats.

He said that the election was a significant part of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

He reminded the SPLM members to be committed to the peace agreement until the interim period ends for the elections to be held.

“We need to embark on peace, when we are done with the Interim period in which we are in now, we shall straight away go for the elections,” said the President.

He said that elections would end all the political games played by some politicians.

In August, the President called for all the provisions of the R-ARCSS to be implemented in readiness for the elections.

Although the current peace agreement, which was signed in 2018, was to have most of its provisions almost fulfilled, a lot has remained flimsy.