Constitutional Committee to lay framework for reform
By Viola Matela
The National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) held its first working meeting at JMEC offices in Juba on Monday, 5th November.
The meeting was attended by representatives of all the parties in the reconstituted committee, including members of all the parties, women, youth and civil society.
Monday’s meeting followed the inaugural meeting in Khartoum last month during which the modalities of NCAC’s work were discussed and a tentative schedule agreed on for the incorporation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) into the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan (TCRSS) 2011(Amended)2018.
NCAC Chairman Gichara Kibara said, “The Committee’s meeting went well. This is indeed a positive and encouraging start to the work of the reconstituted Committee as we embark on undertaking our very critical role.”
Gichara further said they committee was hoping for a smooth sail as well as holding high expectations to fulfill the duty ahead.
“We look forward to fruitful deliberations and we are optimistic that we will be able to achieve this important task,” he concluded.
JMEC commended that representatives of the SPLM-IO and SSOA travelled from outside the country to attend. This is a welcome indicator of trust-building.
The NCAC is scheduled to meet continuously in Juba for the next three weeks. Its work is critical in laying the legal framework for the pre-transitional and transitional reforms. NCAC is mandated to incorporate the revitalized agreement into the transitional constitution, review security, political parties and election laws among other things.
The members of the committee are as follows: representatives of IGAD: two (2) – Chair and Deputy Chair; TGoNU: five, SPLM/A-IO: two, SSOA: one, FDs: one, Other Political Parties (OPP): one, Civil Society: one, Women: one, and Youth: one.