Presidency to receive electoral road map report

Presidency to receive electoral road map report
Presidential Advisor on National Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak , presents electoral roadmap report to President Salva Kiir. [Photo: Presidential Press Unit]

The president will receive an electoral roadmap report next week.

The committee was tasked with drawing up a roadmap towards the end of the Transitional Period that would then pave the way for peaceful and democratic elections.

Some of the committee members included Tut Gatluak Manime (Presidential Advisor on National Security Affairs), Martin Elia Lomoro (Minister of Cabinet Affairs), Mayiik Ayii Deng (Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) and Michael Makuei (Minister of Information, Communication and Postal Services) on Friday briefed President Salva Kiir on the progress.

 They will present the report to the six-member team that includes the president and five deputies, next week.

The report will give a clear direction and possible timelines for the long-overdue elections.

“Having been presented with the roadmap, the president directed the committee to present the document in a meeting of the Presidency scheduled for next (week),” reads the State House communique.

Lomoro said that the process was inclusive and consultative.

“It has not been an easy process looking through the status of the ongoing implementation of the Revitalised Peace Agreement, consulting various institutions and stakeholders,” Dr Lomoro stated.

“But at the end, they can come up with a roadmap that will guide the country to the end of the transitional period and conduct elections in a peaceful manner,” he added.

Early this month Kiir assured the Vatican that the country was ready to hold credible elections at the end of the transitional period, to do away with violence.

But while a meeting of the presidency might spell out a clear electoral road map – the government is still grappling with the challenges of implementing some chapters of the agreement. Key among that is the graduation of Necessary Unified Forces (NUF).

The delay has seen some key allies like the United State withdraw their support on peace deal mechanisms citing delayed implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.