By Majur Chol Khor
The recent news of Professor Abednego Akok, Chairman of South Sudan’s National Elections Commission (NEC), meeting with the SPLM flag bearer and current president of the Republic of South Sudan, raises serious questions about the independence of the commission.
How can we expect free, fair, and transparent elections if the person in charge is seeking funding from the government led by President Kiir?
In many African countries, elections rigging has been a recurring issue. South Sudan should learn from its neighbors and ensure that its electoral process is not tainted by such practices. However, if President Kiir approves the budget requested by Abednego as NEC, it is difficult to believe that the upcoming elections will truly be fair.
The concerns go beyond the integrity of the electoral process. If the current regime is re-elected, what hope is there for improvements in terms of development and basic service delivery to the common people of South Sudan?
Since gaining independence in 2011, the citizens of South Sudan have suffered greatly, and it is crucial that their voices are heard and their needs are prioritized.
The lack of independence of the NEC raises doubts about the credibility of the upcoming elections. It is essential that the commission operates without any interference or influence from political figures. Only then can South Sudan hope to have a truly democratic process that reflects the will of its people.
South Sudan has a unique opportunity to break free from the cycle of rigged elections that have plagued many African countries. It is time for the government and the NEC to prioritize the interests of the people and ensure that their voices are heard.
The citizens of South Sudan deserve a fair and transparent electoral process that will pave the way for a brighter future.
The independence of South Sudan’s National Elections Commission is at stake. The reported meeting between Professor Abednego Akok and President Kiir raises concerns about the credibility of the upcoming elections.
Author: Majur Chol Khor
Majur is a multi-media award-winning journalist, public relations specialist, documentary expert from South Sudan. You can easily connect with him through various platforms such as WhatsApp at +254 796 523 948, email at email@example.com, and social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.