South Sudan electoral body announces election date

South Sudan’s National Election Commission (NEC) has announced that the long-awaited elections will be held on December 22.

NEC chairperson, Prof. Abednegom Akok, stated on Friday that this date aligns with Section 16 (1) of the National Election Act, 2023. Although voter registration was planned to start in June, delays occurred due to a lack of agreement among political parties.

Prof. Akok assured that with the election date set, the voter registration process will now commence, and all electoral activities will proceed until December. He emphasized that extensive preparations, including the training of commissioners and establishing electoral committees in South Sudan’s 10 states, are underway.

The chairperson stressed that NEC’s activities are guided by the peace agreement and that it is the commission’s mandate to announce the election date. He noted that all necessary steps are being taken to ensure a smooth electoral process.

South Sudanese are eager for the first post-independence election, with the last one held in March 2010, where incumbent President Salva Kiir won with over 90 percent.

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