JUBA, 24 March 2021 – Officials in the South Sudanese presidency have dismissed as unjustified calls for the on-schedule organization of elections in 2022.
“The call for early elections in 2022, is again without justification,” said South Sudan’s presidential affairs minister Nhial Deng Nhial in a statement issued Monday.
Calls have come from both within and without the governing alliance of President Salva Kiir Mayarditas, as well as from foreign-based activists and rights groups keenly watching South Sudan.
Activist Peter Biar Ajak testified recently before the US Senate, urging the Biden administration to pressure South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit to hold elections in 2022.
Campaigners for early elections blame the lack of implementation of many provisions of the revitalized peace agreement which, among others, provides for elections at the end of the transitional period ending in 2022.
“It must be borne in mind that the actual inauguration of the (R-TGONU) following the conclusion of the Agreement in September 2018 took some time,” reads, in part, the statement issued Monday by Nhial Deng Nhial.
“Hence the time lost must be recouped so that there is adequate time to complete all the tasks of the transition before elections are held,” the statement added.
Sudan’s Post reported Monday that one reason cited by the presidency to justify a possible delay in the organization of elections on schedule is the uncompleted disarmament process.