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JMEC demands constitution

The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Festus Mugae has called on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to quickly start the permanent constitution-making process.

Under the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ACRSS), chapter 6 (2) the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) shall within the first six (6) months of Transitional Period enact a legislation to govern the constitutional making process.

It further says the permanent constitution shall be completed not later than eighteen (18) months following the establishment of the Transitional Period and shall be in place to guide the Elections toward the end of the Transition.

But Mugae said he is concerned that the Permanent Constitution making process is yet to commence.

He said the permanent constitution is mandatory for organizing elections at the end of the transitional period.

Mugae said though they are clearly out of time at this stage, immediate steps can be taken to review and reconstitute the National Constitutional Review Commission to prepare to undertake the implementation once the process begins.

He called on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to accelerate the amendment process.

“Again, this is one area where the delayed completion of the constitution amendment process has a direct impact and I call upon TGoNU to expedite this process,” he said.

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