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elections and electoral system

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2014/05/13 The general election due in 2015 will be postponed until 2017, announces President Kiir. This, he says, is to allow time for national reconciliation and the creation of a permanent constitution under a transitional government, following preliminary agreements to end the current rebellion/civil war. Snippet: The general election due in 2015 will be postponed until 2017, announc....
2014/04/17 National elections can still take place in 2015, says Telar Deng, the legal advisor to President Kiir, even though an official at the US Institute of Peace has said this is not realistic. Deng is optimistic that the constitutional review can be completed beforehand, but says the elections can go ahead even if it is not. Snippet
2014/04 The National Elections Commission is at the stage of consulting in the formation of high committees for elections in each of the states. The Chief Electoral Officer hopes that all parties can disseminate their views through the media. Snippet 1772
2013/12/07 President Kiir meets UN Secretary-General on fringes of African Security Summit in Paris. They discuss the preparations for 2015 elections, security threats to UN staff and the Abyei problem. Snippet 1570
Reference Mini-review
Sofie Dreef and Wolfgang Wagner, 2013. Designing elections in conflict-prone divided societies: the case of South Sudan [Report] Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). Accessed online.

Explains aspects of election design and examines them in the context of South Sudan, although there seems little scope to change the design before scheduled elections of 2015. On timing and sequencing, it is important that the 2015 elections should not be delayed - to establish a regular institution. On electoral administration, the NEC seems well supported by aid, but its capacity to resist political pressures is untested. On electoral system, the mixture of proportional representation and single-member constituencies is appropriate.

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