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SSuNDE holds sixth Annual General Assembly

By Mandela Nelson Denis

The South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections (SSuNDE) is holding its sixth annual general assembly in Juba to discuss network issues and how to strengthen its activities to reach out to the public.

The General Assembly has attracted participants from the states’ capital of; Wau, Gogrial, Jonglei, Imotong, Gbudue and other towns. The members of SSuNDE aimed at reviving the progress of the Organization and forge the way forward.

Lony Ruot the Chairman of the Board of SSuNDE said SSuNDE was the Civil Society that needed to bring change in the country and that the general assembly would set out ways and plans to reorganise the network to be able to bring the voices of the people. “I believe with this meeting, we will be able to set a plan for reorganizing ourselves so that we can serve our people since we are the voice of the voiceless,” Ruot said.

He appreciated the work done by the SSuNDE‘s states’ representatives, which he said the network cannot achieve more without collective responsibilities.

On his part, the Executive Director of SSUNDE, Rajab Mohandis, in an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor, said the purpose of the General Assembly was to revive SSuNDE’s document, activities and pass report for the previous years and then approved plan for the coming year.

Mr. Mohandis explained that SSuNDE was a network of different civic society organisations (CSOs) that emerged together in 2009, and that they had been able to maintain the union of these CSOs despite the numerous challenges the country was facing.

“As we are sitting, I would like to call upon the general public in the states to support the SSuNDE and from this Assembly we look forward to a new direction for the network,” Mr. Mohandis said.

The South Sudanese Network for Democracy and Elections (SSuNDE) is also a party to the voluntary civil society taskforce on the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).

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