R-NLA to present the transitional constitution amendment bill to Kiir for his assent.
The long-awaited transitional constitution of South Sudan 2011, as modified, bill 2021 was approved by South Sudan’s Reconstituted Transitional National Legislative Assembly (R-TGONU) on Monday.
The National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC), a body that would drive the constitution-making process, will be established by Bill No. 8, 2021.
Its goal is to draft a permanent constitution that would pave the way for general elections before the conclusion of the transition phase.
In addition, the bill ensures good governance, constitutionalism, the rule of law, human rights, and gender equality.
Hon. Paul Yoane Bonju, appointed chairwoman of the reformed parliament’s information committee, said that the law was approved following a comprehensive discussion by members of the parliament.
“The two houses that are Transitional National Legislative Assembly deliberated on the report of Adhoc Committee on Amendment of Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan, 2011 (as amended) Amendment No. 8, bill 2021 in its second reading but because the bill importance and urgency, the house has taken it through all the stages in this sitting,” Bonju told reporters after Monday’s parliamentary sitting.
Bonju said that parliament is anticipated to consider and ratify constitution amendment number 9 for the renaming of organized forces during its next session on Tuesday.
“The amendment bill number 8 was approved today, and the house will be debating amendment number 9 tomorrow, which is related to adjustments in the number of certain of our organized forces,” he stated.
He said that the bill would be handed to the President’s office for his signature.
“Based on the conduct of business, the clerk will create an engrossment letter, which will be signed by the speaker and delivered to the president’s office, and it is in the president’s office that he will sign on this measure to become a law,” he said.
After being approved by the cabinet in October, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ruben Madol Arol introduced the bill 2021 for the first time on December 9th.