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JIPDD Calls For A National Referendum On The Controversial 28 States

The Jonglei Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (JIPDD), a civil society group in Jonglei State, has called for a nationwide referendum as a means to resolve the controversy over the 28 States in South Sudan.

JIPDD Calls For A National Referendum On The Controversial 28 States
The Information Secretary of JIPDD, Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch in Bor [Photo| Juuk Mading]

By Juuk Othana Mading

BOR, 10 June 2016 [Gurtong] - The Secretary for information of the institute while speaking to Gurtong on Wednesday appealed to the international community to advise the recent formed Government of national unity to conduct immediate referendum in the country.

Jongkuch Jo Jongkuch said it’s the right of the citizens of the Republic of South Sudan to decide either to have 28, 21, 10 or more States.

“It should not be an order from the presidency or elsewhere to issue the decree to create more States or reduce the number of States in South Sudan. Citizens must go for national referendum because many of them are arguing that they need 28, some need 21, others need 10 or more States in South Sudan”, he said.

Jo Jongkuch believes that it is only through democracy that South Sudanese can be brought together to be united.

“They should go for voting to have one mission on the development of this great nation of South Sudan. The current Governors of the 28 States should act as chief administrators until the national referendum is conducted and the verdict of the people is known. The newly appointed ministers of the 28 States should go homes and Commissioners will act until the referendum is concluded”, he explained.

He appealed to the international community to provide funding for the transitional government of national unity (TGoNU) to conduct an internationally supervised nationwide referendum without delay.

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