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CEPO calls for quick formation of political transitional institutions

By Aweye Teddy Onam


Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has called for the quick reconstitution of political transitional institutions.

CEPO’s executive Director, Edmund Yakani said Political Parties Council, National Election Commission, and National Constitutional Review Commission, needed to be constituted by 15th October.

Yakani’s statement came after the UN Security Council agreed to listen to a briefing from the chief of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on status of the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement.


Nicholas Haysom will brief the Security Council with a specific focus “on creation a conducive environment for the conduct of elections”.

“Among the indicators of the creation of a conducive environment for the conduct of the election is the reconstitution of the political transitional institutions,” Yakani said.

I want to appeal that at least today (Friday) in the Council of Ministers meeting we want to hear a positive outcome with regard to this institution, he continued.

Yakani, however, appreciated the government of Turkey for helping the government of South Sudan with military uniform.

On Tuesday, the Turkish government donated over 75,000 military uniforms to the Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Yakani expected the Council of Ministers to take advantage of the uniforms contributed by the Turkish Government to urgently fast-track redeployment of the Unified Forces, which graduated last year.

“It is very important that the graduated Unified Forces be redeployed as part and parcel of indicators of creating a conducive environment for the elections,” he said.

He said, the redeployment would provide a positive indicator of the promise made by the President Salva Kiir, to the UN General Assembly recently, in New York.

On Thursday, the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. James Pitia Morgan, said the government is set to form the electoral institutions in the coming days.

However, he did not mention the exact date for the formation of the bodies.

Minister Pitia’s comment followed a meeting between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Norwegian Special Envoy for South Sudan and Sudan, Jon Anton Johnson.

President Kiir reportedly assured the Norwegian government of his commitment to implement all the provisions of the Peace Agreement to pave the way for the conduct of elections next year.

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