In a carefully worded and strategically crafted statement obtained by ThejubaMirror News Desk, the leaders of the coalitaion of oppoition (COOP ) have appealed to the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) to allocate funds for the upcoming elections in South Sudan.
The statement emphasizes the importance of ensuring that the key institutions responsible for conducting a free, fair, and credible election are adequately funded.
“We, the leaders of COOP, are calling for expedited funding for the National Elections Commission, Political Parties Council, and National Constitution Review Commission,” the statement reads.
“These institutions play a crucial role in executing their mandate and must be provided with the necessary resources without delay.”
The leaders of COOP have also urged the peace grantors to pressure the RTGoNU to release the funds needed for these institutions. They believe that the timely allocation of funds will enable the institutions to effectively carry out their responsibilities and ensure a transparent electoral process.
However, in the event that the December 2024 election is not possible, COOP has proposed an alternative solution.
They suggest that the peace grantors facilitate an inclusive dialogue among all stakeholders in South Sudan to form a caretaker government led by technocrats.
This temporary government would include members selected from civil society, professional associations, and academia. Its primary objective would be to create a conducive environment for future elections, thus paving the way for a peaceful transition of power.
COOP remains steadfast in its commitment to a peaceful and democratic South Sudan, where power belongs to the people. The organization calls upon all parties involved to prioritize the funding of the aforementioned institutions to ensure a just and transparent election, as outlined in the Roadmap.
Furthermore, COOP reiterates its readiness for elections and firmly states that any attempt to extend the transitional period is unacceptable. Dr. Gai Chol Paul, Chairman of COOP, conveyed this message on behalf of the organization.