SSOA ready for December polls, says Abdelbagi

SSOA ready for December polls, says Abdelbagi
The Vice President for Service Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol. [Photo: Courtesy]

The Vice President for Service Clusters who represents the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) in the presidency, Hussein Abdelbagi, said the alliance is prepared to take part in the December 2024 elections.

Speaking at Dr John Garang’s Mausoleum in Juba, where SPLM members of the Greater Equatoria region endorsed President Salva Kiir as party flag bearer in 2024 polls, Abdelbagi said that the opposition alliance will go toe to toe with the other parties in preparation for the election.

“We want to tell the South Sudanese that SSOA is ready for the elections. If there is anyone who is saying that SSOA does not want elections, I want to tell you that the SSOA is ready for the elections in December 2024,” Abdelbagi announced.   

Abdelbagi further called for the funding of all electoral institutions for the polls to be conducted in December 2024.     

“I also call on the government to support all the electoral institutions especially the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the December 2024 elections to be conducted,” he added

 The Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity is warming for the polls exercise in 2024 December as its agreed period is coming to an end. However, some political party leaders have been holding different views, with some demanding that the elections should not be rushed without accomplishing the prerequisites.  

Recently, the political party leaders who were signatories to the revitalized peace accord settled on having an interparty dialogue to reach a consensus on the type of election to be held.

 Last week, the Acting Press Secretary in the Office of the First Vice President, Puok Baluang, told The City Review that parties were still evaluating the implementation of the peace agreement as per the roadmap before they would decide on election type.

“All parties signatories to the peace agreement agreed to evaluate the implementation of the roadmap. After that, they will come and sit down and come up with a way forward,” Baluang said, adding that the unified decisions would be made after the deliberation and evaluation of the implementation of the roadmap by all the parties to the agreement.  

However, President Salva Kiir, who is the chairperson of SPLM, said his party was ready for December 2024, stressing that the exercise will provide an opportunity for the citizens to participate in choosing their leaders.

“Comrades, the agreed transitional period on the roadmap is coming to an end. Our position in the SPLM is that the people of South Sudan must be given the right chance to choose their leaders at the end of this period,” President Kiir made this appeal during his endorsement rally on Saturday.