Lobbying hit top gears as House prepares to elect MPs to EALA Assembly

Lobbying hit top gears as House prepares to elect MPs to EALA Assembly
A session at EALA Parliament.

​The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) elections will be held on Friday, September 30.

The Transitional National Assembly has formed a committee to oversee the process.

Successful candidates will represent South Sudan in the regional assembly.

The announcement was made on Tuesday by Assembly Speaker Jemma Nunu Kumba.

The EALA race ​​has attracted 15 independent candidates: five from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), two from the SPLM in opposition, one from the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), two from Other Political Parties (OPP), and one from YUSAT.

The EALA Elections Act 2011 mandates every member state assembly to first conduct primary elections within their respective parties.

“That is exactly what has happened,” Nunu said.

“The names you had were vetted and voted on by the members of the respective parties, in accordance with the law. The membership should be composed of representative parties within the national legislative assembly.

“You have also seen a large number of independent candidates who have come up, which is also in line with the law because this is democracy and nobody is barred from trying their luck.

The process is supposed to be before the end of September. “If we don’t do that, we will be disqualified as a country,” warned Nunu.

South Sudan has been allocated nine seats at the regional assembly seats in Arusha, Tanzania.