Juba, May 7, 2018 (SSNA) — A United Nations top official said recent call by South Sudan’s government to hold elections if peace revitalization talks failed is unreasonable, saying situation in the country is not good to conduct “fair and free elections.”
“The current political and economic situations in South Sudan are not conducive for free and fair elections,” UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Bintulu Keita, said in a statement.
She calls on South Sudan’s government to refrain from calling for elections and added that Juba should only focus on peace process.
South Sudan’s information minister Michael Makuey Lueth recently asserted that Juba is preparing to conduct elections if peace failed. He argues that elections should be held to legitimize the government.
Peace talks are scheduled to resume on May 17 in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.