The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), H.E. Festus Mogae has on Monday held discussions with envoys in South Sudan.
H.E. Mogae briefed the envoys from IGAD, African Union, Troika (the UK, US and Norway), UNMISS and the European Union (EU) on the IGAD-led recently signed Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities (ACoH) in South Sudan.
The Chairperson called for respect for the Agreement by all parties to the ACRSS.
JMEC Chairperson H.E. Festus Mogae (second right) with Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for South Sudan, Mr. David Shearer (left) during the meeting.
The Chairperson had also earlier met the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for South Sudan, Mr. David Shearer.
The two discussed the ACoH, the ARCSS and the High Level Revitalization Forum-Phase Two, scheduled for next month, in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa.
The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation (JMEC) and the IGAD special envoy to South Sudan have on Thursday held a consultative meeting on the latest happening as pertains to the Peace Agreement and High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF).
Strong national political party laws will help in the democratic processes of the Republic of South Sudan, the National Constitution Amendment Committee (NCAC) has said.
Speaking when he received submissions from representative of 12 South Sudan National Political Parties on Thursday, the NCAC Chairperson, Mr. Gichira Kibara said political parties are a key component in the democratic process of any nation and “South Sudan is not an exception.”
“Your submissions are very important to us. The amendment of the Political Parties Act is to ensure enable environment for democratic practice including free and fair representation, which involves having viable political parties. Political parties must be able to register but the law must regulate those parties,” he said.
The chairperson thanked the parties for submitting their views, which he said, will help the committee in drafting the amendment to the Political Parties Act.
The views from the political parties are part of a wider consultative mechanism by the NCAC among South Sudan stakeholders.
“We have a very short period for doing the work we are doing and that’s why we gave tight deadline for submissions and we are happy you met the deadline. This is a public process. We are going to consider the views of everyone else just like yours,” he said.
“The overall aim is to stable South Sudan where there is peace, security and democracy, which the Peace Agreement sought to address.”
On his part, Bol Makueng from the SPLM thanked the committee for its quest to consider the views of the country’s political parties.
“I believe good political parties laws will lay grounds for democracy. We are happy that we presented our views.,” he said.
Teresa Sirisio, National Chairperson of Sudan African National Union (SANU) said “ We are glad that the committee is involving all stakeholders specially the political parties to be part and parcel of this process. It is for first times that all registered political parties have come up with one voice in such a document that we are presenting to you today.”
The ARCSS provides for the regulation of Political Parties. Chapter 1 Article 13 of the Peace Agreement establishes the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) and mandates it to draft amendments to the Constitution and relevant legislation to ensure they conform to the Agreement.
Article 16.1 provides that the NCAC review the Political Parties Act, 2012, and ensure that the Act complies with international best practices for the free and democratic registration of Political Parties in South Sudan, no later than six (6) months after the signing of the Agreement and present to the Assembly for adoption.
The Act shall permit the open registration of Parties until twelve (12) months prior to National Elections. The Agreement also requires the executive of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to reconstitute the Political Parties Council not later than 2 months after the amendment of the Act. Article 16.3 of the Peace Agreement further provides that the National Elections Act, 2012 shall be amended to conform to the terms of this Agreement, no later than six (6) months following the signature of this Agreement.
The National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) has on Friday received submissions from twelve out of fourteen national political parties towards the amendment of the constitution of South Sudan.
The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) H.E. Festus Mogae has been invited to participate in the 30th African Union (AU) Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government, that convenes in Addis Ababa, later this month.
The High level Revitalisation Forum commenced on Monday in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
The JMEC Chairperson was among those invited to give the opening remarks at the opening of the Forum. He reiterated on the need for all the Stakeholders to find within themselves a desire to set aside the guns and settle their differences through dialogue and compromise.
The Prime Minister of Ethiopia & Chairperson of the IGAD assembly of Heads of State H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn and H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat Chairperson of the African Union Commission were also among those in attendance.
H.E. Festus G. Mogae Chairperson of JMEC gave a Statement at the opening of the IGAD Council of Ministers 59th Extra-Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia on Sunday.
The Chairperson emphasized on the need for the Council to remain united under one voice and to encourage the South Sudanese leadership to seize the High Level Revitalisation Forum as an opportunity to restore the implementation of the Peace Agreement to centre stage.
The full Christmas and End of Year message of the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) will be aired on Radio Miraya on Christmas Day (Dec 25th 2017) and then released to all other radio stations.
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Text and audio versions of the message will also be available on the JMEC website on the same day.
The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), H.E. Festus Mogae has on Thursday held discussions with envoys in South Sudan.