Gituai urges gov’t to fund electoral institutions

Gituai urges gov’t to fund electoral institutions
Charles Tai Gituai, the interim chairperson Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (R-JMEC). [Photo: Mamer Abraham, City Review]

The Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC), Maj Gen rtd Charles Gituai, urged the government to wholeheartedly support the recently reconstituted institutions tasked with electoral preparations and subsequent conduct.

In his address to the 33rd monthly meeting of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) on Thursday, Gituai recommended immediate action from the government and partners to operationalize these institutions.

“I would like to make the following recommendations to the RTGoNU: adequately resource the reconstituted Political Parties Council, the reconstituted National Constitution Review Commission, and the reconstituted National Election Commission to effectively discharge their mandate,” Gituai said.

He appealed to the government to complete the deployment of unified forces in order to pave the way for the election, adding that security is vital for a peaceful election.

Gituai said that RJMEC would continue to monitor and support peace in the Republic of South Sudan.

He appealed to the government to channel resources to all aspects of peace implementation to add to the contribution of the partners.

President Salva Kiir last week reconstituted the National Elections Commission, the National Constitutional Review Commission, and the Political Parties Council in preparation for the election. The move was welcomed by the SPLM-IO but with reservations at one of the three institutions.

The Press Secretary in the Office of the First Vice President, Puok Baluang, told The City Review that the position of Chief Electoral Officer was agreed to be for SPLM-IO, but according to the list, it is now allocated as a civil servant position, adding that it would be addressed by the principles.

Baluang said the SPLM averred that the nominee for the slot that had been earmarked for an SPLM-IO person was instead given to an individual described as a professional who does not profess political affiliation. The SPLM has yet to respond to the accusations.

The three institutions are heaped with loads of expectations, and they are expected to engage in activities related to the election conducted in 2024, according to the peace roadmap.