Today marked another somber day in South Sudan’s march toward democracy as Prof. Abedengo AKok Kucuol, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, was spotted at a political rally hosted by the ruling party, SPLM/A, in Juba. The unexpected presence of the electoral chief at a partisan event has triggered concerns about the impartiality and integrity of the electoral process in the country.
Analysts have swiftly condemned Prof. Akok Kucuol’s attendance, emphasizing the critical importance of maintaining a neutral stance. They warn that any association with political parties, whether the ruling SPLM/A or opposition groups, could erode public trust in the electoral commission and jeopardize the credibility of future elections.
“It is a stark reminder that the Electoral Chairperson must steer clear of all partisan activities,” remarked one analyst. “The very essence of the electoral commission’s role lies in upholding the integrity and public confidence in the democratic process.”
The incident has raised calls for the immediate cessation of the Electoral Chairperson’s presence at any functions closely tied to political entities. Electoral commissioners are explicitly expected to adhere to a code of conduct that emphasizes the highest standards of integrity, honesty, impartiality, and objectivity to safeguard the credibility of the electoral system.
In a democracy still grappling with the scars of conflict and striving for stable governance, the delicate balance of neutrality and transparency must be upheld by all key stakeholders, particularly those entrusted with overseeing the electoral process. The episode serves as a sobering reminder of the imperative to prioritize the principles of democracy above personal affiliations.
In the heart of South Sudan, a nation striving to establish a stable democracy, the upcoming election loomed large on the horizon. The Electoral Commission, under the stewardship of the esteemed Chairperson, Prof. Akok, was entrusted with the critical task of overseeing the electoral process and ensuring a fair and transparent election.
As the election day drew nearer, whispers of potential conflicts of interest began to circulate within political circles. Prof. Akok, a figure of integrity and renowned expertise, knew that any hint of improper influence could tarnish the credibility of the entire electoral process. He understood the importance of maintaining public trust in the Commission’s impartiality and independence.
With unwavering determination, Prof. Akok gathered his team and emphasized the paramount importance of upholding the Commission’s integrity. He stressed the need to identify and address any conflicts of interest promptly, transparently, and securely. The information held by the Commission was deemed sacred, and proper handling of it was non-negotiable.
Despite external pressures and attempts at interference, Prof. Akok remained resolute in his commitment to safeguarding the electoral process from any form of manipulation or undue influence. His leadership and unwavering dedication to upholding the principles of fairness and impartiality served as a beacon of hope for the people of South Sudan, who longed for a transparent and credible election.
On the day of the election, as the ballots were cast and the voices of the people resonated throughout the nation, the integrity of the Electoral Commission under Prof. Akok’s leadership stood unshaken. The result was a testament to their commitment to upholding the values of
democracy and ensuring that conflicts of interest had no place in the electoral process.
South Sudan had taken a significant step forward on its journey towards a brighter and more democratic future, guided by the unwavering principles of transparency, integrity, and public trust meticulously upheld by Prof. Akok and his dedicated team at the Electoral Commission
Emmanuel Malual Makuach is a South Sudanese journalist and researcher focusing on the impact of social media triggers in the conflicts of 2013 and 2016 in South Sudan. Contact him at email@example.com