US calls for full peace implementation for credible 2023 elections in South Sudan

President Salva Kiir speaks to the BBC’s Stephen Sackur, presenter of HARDtalk program in his office in 2015.

The US Charge de Affairs says there is an urgent need to complete all the provisions of the revitalized peace agreement to enable free and credible conduct of general elections next year.

David Renz revealed this after meeting President Kiir in Juba on Wednesday. The meeting came four months after Kiir affirmed his commitment in August last year to the conduct of general elections at the end of the transitional period. The head of state had said there was an urgent need to complete all the provisions of the revitalized peace agreement before 2023.

According to the implementation matrix of the 2018 peace deal, many provisions should have been implemented by now with South Sudanese going to the polls supposedly this year. But the peace parties extended the Transitional Period up to 2023 to allow full implementation of critical tasks. For elections to take place, the agreement says the Political Parties Act of 2012 must be reviewed and approved by the parliament to enable free and democratic registration of political parties in South Sudan.