Juba, 20th September 2017. The executive director for South Sudan Network for Democracy and Elections or SSuNDEE says it is not too early to talk about 2018 elections.
Rajab Mohandis says the peace agreement provided preparations on the elections immediately after the signing of the peace deal in August 2015.
He believes that if South Sudanese want to wait until elections time, then the people will not be doing justice to the elections process.
Mohandis calls on concerned leaders to strongly improve the arrangements for elections in order to understand, prepare adequately and determine whether the time is enough or not.
He stresses that election is a circle that has a lot of activities to ensure that it is credible, fare and democratic.
Mohandis argues that it is even too late now to start talking about elections because one or two years are not enough to adequately prepare to begin the preparation process.
CEPO Executive Director, Edmond Yakani on his side agrees with Muhandis saying civic education on elections and preparations are not too early to conduct.
Yakani adds that given the current economy and security of the country he thinks election might not take place as stipulated in the peace accord.
Early this week, South Sudan’s presidential spokespersons, Ateny Wek Ateny told Radio Tamazuj that it is premature to talk of the possibility of holding the presidential election in 2018.