24 Political Parties Fail to Register, Minister Calls for Funding Appeal for Peaceful Elections
At least 24 political parties in South Sudan have failed to complete their registration process due to incomplete documentation, according to Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia Lomuro.
Addressing the 34th RJMEC plenary meeting, Minister Lomuro revealed that out of the 51 existing political parties in the country, only 14 have completed their registration. The remaining 24 parties were found to have presented incomplete documents to the Political Parties’ Council, hindering their registration process.
“The status of political parties’ registration in South Sudan per political party’s council register stands as follows: 14 registered parties, 13 yet to register, and 24 parties with incomplete documents,” Minister Lomuro stated during the meeting.
The revelation follows an order issued by the Political Parties Council, led by James Akol Zakayo, for the commencement of registration for unregistered parties.
Minister Lomuro emphasized that registration is an ongoing process according to Article 8(7), and any political party not registered is entitled to register by the provisions of the Act.
In addition to addressing the registration challenges, Minister Lomuro highlighted the need for adequate funding to ensure peaceful and democratic elections scheduled for December 2024.
Detailing the National Election Commission’s (NEC) program guided by the National Election Act, 2012 (Amendment) Act, 2023, Minister Lomuro underscored the gap between allocated funds and the actual requirements for the electoral process.
“The election budget is funded in totality from the consolidated funds NEC estimated at SSP. 553,594,678,735.00,” Minister Lomuro explained, adding that only SSP. 42,142,350,690.00 represents the pre-election budget component.
Acknowledging the financial shortfall, Minister Lomuro appealed to regional and international communities for financial support.
“It must be clearly stated herein that the budget allocations declared by the government are insufficient and require generous contributions from our region, continent, and international countries and partners,” Minister Lomuro emphasized.
He assured South Sudan’s commitment to transparency and offered to share detailed budget information with international partners for consideration and potential support.
“Allow us to seize this opportunity to plead, on behalf of our President and Government, with the representatives of the region, continent, and international community present in the August RJMEC Plenary to assist us willingly and genuinely for us to succeed,” Minister Lomuro appealed.
The call for both the completion of party registrations and financial assistance underscores the challenges and importance of ensuring a smooth electoral process in South Sudan.