By Kocrup Makuach
How credible and neutral would one be, if one of the South Sudanese political parties that would compete in the 2024 national elections began to claim, that if it’s member isn’t the Chief of the Election Agency? If this is not rigging in the favor of Riek Machar and his SPLM-IO that claim that the viable way to ensure their participation in the 2024 elections, is for SPLM-IO’s appointee to be the Chief of the Electoral Agency?
This is the rigging of the 2024 elections in the making. To Riek Machar and SPLM-IO, if they are not given the position of the Chief of the Election Agency, therefore, there are no 2024 elections. If they are given such a position, then they’ll use it to rig themselves into power unfairly.
In other words, going by the ridiculous claim of Riek and SPLM-IO, it’s crystal clear that the opposition leader of SPLM-IO, Riek Machar intends to rig the Presidential Election in 2024. This is not acceptable!
The grand strategy of Riek Machar and Former Detainees is that the duos want another extension of the R-ARCSS. This is to say that these political outfits want to stay in power as much as they want, without people’s consent. They’re not for democracy. Democracy was used by these oppositional outfits during their fights with GoSS (Dec. 15, 2013-2016) and July-August 2018) to negotiate themselves back into power.
Since President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s reconstitution and reorganization the National Election Commission (NEC), SPLM-IO has been without legal standing to assert that the Chief Electoral Officer job is an ARCISS given position to SPLM-IO.
It demonstrates that the methods and plans of SPLM-IO have to rig the votes and refuse to accept the defeat in the next presidential contest. The SPLM-IO had made a careless and irresponsible statement intended to cast doubts on the approaching democratic elections in 2024. Isn’t it too early to cry foul?
Indeed, the opposition parties, especially SPLM-IO and FORMER DETAINEES DO NOT WANT ELECTIONS IN 2024. THEY WANT THE CURRENT STATUS QUO OF MAINTAINING THEIR SHARE OF POWER RATIOS BASED ON -R-ARCSS TO STAY PUT.