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Elections are about having a legitimate government

By: Peter Mayen wën Majongdit

The current political crisis in the country has introduced a new kind of dilemma to the citizens. The Peace initiative which started a week after the crisis to reinstate peace and stability seems yielded little as reports from Pagak consultative convention was disappointing to peace lovers in the country. The government has remained committed to peace deal that proposed an interim government signed with the rebel group led by Riek Machar.  The Peace deal has failed to reach a comprehensive solution due to several factors. The biggest challenge is the running out of time for both warring parties. Time is really running out and in six months the legitimacy of the government shall have waned.  This means that the government should hold elections or else agree on a peace deal that shall give the introduction give way for the Interim-government that shall extend the life of the government.  The question of election has raised divided views from different intellectuals in the country, where some are opposed saying there is no peace in the country and its legal legitimacy, which requires amendment of the law. The fear that elections may not be free and fair because they are held under divided and fearful environment of war. Also the rapid emergency needs for humanitarian assistance in Upper Nile may really present a great challenge to voters because the mind and heart of the people needs to be free to freely participate in making a judgment. The chances of not having the whole region participating is also a factor worrying many.  However some support elections because there may keep the current government in power especially the executive. 

But the truth of the matter is; elections need to be supported because of not to keep president Kiir in power nor for others to come in the system but to keep a legitimate system in place.  If now the government and rebel fail to reach a peace deal and the time is out for the government to hold elections then the legitimacy of the system and the sovereignty of the people of South Sudan are gone. We shall not claim anything from those externals players, the only right that we shall have is that we are an independent state but with no legitimate constitution, no legitimate government and no rights and our rights will have gone and it will be very simple for the international and UN to institute whatever they want for their own interests. Our course for freedom is gone and I am afraid some may go back to Khartoum. Who want to be a citizens of country with no legitimate constitution, no government. So to some reasons that elections is a way to keep President Kiir in power that is wrong, we want to fight for legitimate system that shall keep our sovereign rights and our will is reflected internationally. Some of us do not mind who will be the president and the head of the government as long as it is legitimate, 

one would admit holding election under this kind of environment may serve the interest of the current government but most importantly will keep president Kiir in power and may be unopposed president.  There will be questions about democracy of South Sudan but not the legitimacy of the government. 

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