President Kiir to announce electoral roadmap today

President Kiir to announce electoral roadmap today
President Salva Kiir Mayardit. [Photo: Courtesy]

President Salva Kiir is expected to give an update on the electoral roadmap report that could technical extend the period of transitional government.

The event will take place today, Thursday, August 4 at Freedom Hall in Juba.

After speculation that the peace partners had settled on the extension of the transitional period, which the government refuted. The country is finally poised for an official announcement, from the presidency, from 10am this morning.

In July, the draft proposed roadmap came under criticism from a section of opposition parties when it was presented to the president by a four-member committee. The MPs said that they were never consulted.

But the Office of the President calmed the storm with an assurance of further consultation with key principal partners.

“All representatives of media houses are cordially invited to Freedom Hall, Juba, on Thursday, August 4th, 2022, at 10:00 am for an event regarding the roadmap for the transitional period,” the statement read. Note that government officials, members of diplomatic corps, members of parliament, civil society and all stakeholders to the revitalised peace agreement are invited to attend the event.”

It comes at a time that peace stakeholders are calling for an inclusive approach to making the decisions.

For instance, on Wednesday, August 3, the Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), Edmund Yakani, revealed that the civil society reached a consensus with the parties to the agreement that the extension of the transitional period must not exceed 18 months if decided upon.

He explained that the pending tasks in the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) will be completed within 18 months.

“We suggested to them that the extension period should not exceed 18 months for the implementation of the pending tasks, and the last six months should be six months of democratic transformation of the government to the newly elected government. So, in total will be 24 months. Or technically it is 18 months for the implementation of the pending tasks,” Yakani stated.

Breakthrough?

“We have reached consensus with the parties that extension will start on 22nd February 2023, until it reaches to 22nd February 2025, while in the middle, in December 2024, the election should be conducted. That means by December, elections are conducted so that from January to February 2025, a new democratic government takes over the power.”

He added that the last six months would be for inaugurating the elected government, adding that the extension would be anything between February 22, 2023, and February 22, 2025.

However, The City Review could not independently verify the revelations of Mr Yakani from the Office of the President.

President Kiir’s address is expected to address the hanging questions that have brewed speculations on the fate of the revitalised peace agreement.

On Sunday, Vice President for Service Delivery Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, asked the citizens to be patient saying the roadmap cannot take the country back to conflict.

He stressed that the president would discuss it, and harmonise everything so that the peace agreement would progress well and hatch into development.

Over a week ago, the parties to the agreement hailed the roadmap that it was remarkable. But the big question was whether it covered all the pending issues such as the graduation of forces, and the passing of the necessary bills, among others, to be implemented soon with an existent misunderstanding in the parliament where SPLM/A-IO is still boycotting the parliamentary sittings.

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