The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition (SPLM-IO) caucus in parliament has nominated two candidates to contest for elections into the East African Legislative Assembly-EALA, according to the chief whip.

Bor Gatwech Kuany, said the nomination of the two candidates was done after a proper and extensive consultation in their party leadership in parliament. The candidates are Adel Sandrai and Gideon Gatpan Thoar.

Yesterday, the candidates met their party members of parliament, and were briefed on the procedure of the East African Legislative Assembly election rules and regulations. The acting SPLM chief whip and the chief whips of the other political parties with their candidates, attended the introduction meeting ahead of the elections next week.

Kuany said according to the law, parliament should send nine nominees from South Sudan to the EALA and these nominees should reflect the political colors in the parliament including various political parties.

He said, the low also dictates that out of the nine candidates three should be females, or three males if the rest are females, to show a 30% gender representation. “By that we had a consultation with the SPLM and they agreed to bring the females as we bring the males,” he said.

The candidates will address the parliament on Monday 31st of July ahead of elections on Tuesday 1st of August, said the chief whip. However, he said, we are trying to make a coalition with the SPLM to be able to convince the members of parliament to vote for candidates of their party affiliation.

Gideon Gatpan Thoar one of the nominees of the SPLM-IO to the EALA, said they familiarized themselves with the members of parliaments to know them before campaigning and voting for them on the 1st of August. Thoar said the party trusts the candidates because of the experience and qualifications.

 

By Scovia Duku