The main opposition party, SPLM-IO has reportedly declined to sign an agreement on the distribution of local government structures.
Earlier today the parties to the ARCISS (ITGONU, SSOA, and OPP) signed and initialed the Agreement on States and Local Government Structures and Allocation of 10 States and 2 Administrative Areas.
It is was noted that SPLM-IO has not signed and initialed the agreement citing further consultation with their Leaders and other executive members of IPO before they sign.
The SPLM-IO negotiators have agreed to the division states executives and counties governments, but they cited that there might be disagreement with the leadership, so they suggested being given a day or two days to consult with their leaders.
According to the report seen on the Eye Radio website, Mr.Mayom stated the main opposition SPLA failed to sign the document and opted to consult further on the disputed Counties. He, however, expressed doubts over the real reason behind Dr. Riek Machar’s party refusal to assent to the deal.
“It is evident and very clear that SPLM- IO chose to go for further consultation on mater that is not related to what has been agreed,” said Mr. Mayom.
According to the peace deal, the former government shall have 55 percent at the state and local government levels, while the SPLM-IO shall have 27 percent representation.
The South Sudan Opposition Alliance or SSOA shall have 10 percent while the Other Political Parties or OPP shall have 8 percent.
The previous agreement reached by the parties also stated that there shall be 10 deputy governors.