Gituai calls on gov’t to step up on pre-electoral tasks

Gituai calls on gov’t to step up on pre-electoral tasks
Maj. Gen. Charles Gituai, RJMEC Interim Chairperson. [Photo: Courtesy]

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission has urged the government to provide funding for the implementation of the key pending electoral tasks ahead of the 2024 elections.  

 In statement released on Thursday, the interim chairperson of RJMEC, Maj. Gen. Charles Gituai, said there is a need for the RTGoNU to demonstrate its commitment to the elections by “providing funding and completing the unification of forces before the remaining period of elections in December 2024.”

“As the oversight body mandated by this agreement, it is important to draw the attention of all parties, stakeholders and the people of South Sudan to the key pending tasks for the conduct of elections as per the agreement and the National Elections act,” Gituai noted in the statement.

He added that “it is imperative that the parties to the agreement cooperate in a collegial manner, present a unified plan for elections, and avoid unilateral pronouncements that are contrary to the letter and spirit of the agreement.”

According to Gituai, there is a need for the “operationalization and facilitation of the Political Parties Council (PPC), National Election Commission (NEC), and National Constitutional Review Commission (NCRC), and the making of a permanent constitution in accordance with the Constitution Making Process Act 2022.

He said this would guide the “conduct of elections and amendment of the National Election Act to conform to the terms of the permanent constitutions, addressing the challenges of reconstruction, repatriation, resettlement, rehabilitation, and reintegration of IDPS and returnees.”

He urged the government to also “provide the necessary funding to operationalize the election-related reconstituted institutions, enact the bills currently before the reconstituted TNLA, take concrete steps to address the insecurity in the unity state, and other areas where defections are causing loss of life and civilian displacement.”

President Salva Kiir reconstituted the National Constitutional Review Commission (NRC), National Election Commission (NEC), and the Political Parties’ Council (PPC) and appointed officials to lead the three institutions.