Political rights

SPLM-IO Official Demands Space for Exercising Political Rights

June 14th, 2022 (JUBA) – The South Sudan Armed Opposition (SPLM-IO) has called on the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party to leave political space for other politicians to exercise their rights policies as required by the revitalized peace agreement and the country’s policy. Transitional Constitution.

SPLM-IO spokesperson Manawa Peter Gatkouth said it is “unfortunate” that the ruling party is calling for general elections in the country, “yet it continues to deny political spaces to other spaces policies in the country”.

“For example, in the Political Parties Act 2022, they incorporated a section conditional that a party to be registered must at least obtain 500 members per state in ten (10) states plus three (3) administrative areas when the number agreed is three hundred. (300) per state,” he said Tuesday.

The official accused the President Salva Kiir-led decision of lacking commitment in implementing the September 2018 peace accord.

“There is also no free press for journalists in the country as the SPLM-IG security apparatus intimidates and arrests journalists so that they do not disclose ongoing violations of the agreement in the TNLA [Transitional National Legislative Assembly] by SPLM-IG legislators,” Gatkouth stressed.

The statement by the armed opposition comes a day after its lawmakers pledged to boycott assembly sessions unless certain issues are resolved.

SPLM-IO Vice President Nathaniel Oyet Pierino said on Monday that the TNLA had passed the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill 2012, 2022 “without consensus” and “in violation of the peace accord. “.

He said his party and the TNLA Other Political Parties (OPP) Parliamentary Caucus wrote to the president on May 31, 2022 and opposed the decision.

“The Rt. Hon. The speaker did not respond to the letter. The lack of response prompted the SPLM-IO parliamentary caucus to organize a boycott of the session,” Oyet, also the first vice president of the TNLA, told reporters in Juba.

According to the SPLM-IO official, a meeting was called on June 12, 2022, in which the party’s parliamentary caucus decided to continue boycotting the sessions as well as various functions and missions within the TNLA.

He accused the ruling party (SPLM) of allegedly tampering with bills drafted by the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC).

“It is important to reiterate that the agreement clearly states that bills drafted by the NCAC should not be tempered but should only be ratified by the Transitional National Legislative Assembly,” Oyet stressed.

The armed opposition faction, however, reiterated its commitment to the full implementation of the peace agreement both in text and in spirit, while urging peace partners to adopt the same spirit for the prosperity of the country.

(ST)