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National Election Acts on Political Parties finalised

Anthony Lino Makana and the NCAC committee members posing for a group photo after the opening session on review of Political Parties and National Election Acts, 2012 yesterday (Photo by Morris Dogga)

By Morris Dogga

The National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) on Thursday finalized the reviewing of the National Election Act, 2012 and the Political Parties Act, 2012.

The review of the acts was meant to make the Laws in conformity with the terms of the peace agreement signed in 2015.

The NCAC was established under Chapter one of the 2015 agreement. The core responsibility was to draft a Constitutional Bill, incorporate the agreement into the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan and to draft new or revise other legislations as appropriate.

So far the NCAC had already completed reviewing the security Laws including among others, the National Security Act, 2014, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Act, 2009 and the Police Service Act, 2009.

Ambassador Mahen Kundasamy, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Deputy Chief of Staff said the draft bills would be presented to the Minister of Justice and constitutional Affairs.

“The NCAC is currently finalizing the review of the Political Parties’ Act 2012 to ensure that it complies with international standards for free and democratic registration of political parties in South Sudan,” Kundasamy said.

He described the process as highly participatory process that had involved an initial review, research and comprehensive analysis of the existing laws adding that the amendment was paramount in the process of preparing the country for the post transition period.

In his opening remarks the speaker of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) Anthony Lino Makana said the assembly would not hesitate to pass the amended bill once tabled in the assembly.

“As soon as it is presented to the assembly, we are going to go through because everything has already been discussed,” he said.

Makana added that the parliament would not take long to incorporate the revitalized agreement.

On Wednesday the TNLA incorporated the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) into the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan, 2011.

 

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