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South Sudan consults IEBC ahead of 2015 polls

13 November 2014, 11:30 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - Officials from the National Electoral Commission of South Sudan are visiting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to enhance their skills as they prepare for general elections in 2015. 

"We are keen to learn from the IEBC because Kenya has successfully conducted a huge election," said two senior officials, Prof. Abednego Akok Kacuol (Chairman) and Lawrence Sulubia Amin (Commissioner).

South Sudan must hold elections before 9 July, 2015, the date on which the first post-independence presidential term ends .

IEBC’s Chairman, Isaack Hassan, called on the South Sudan delegation to strive for free, fair and credible elections despite the challenges facing them.

The IEBC noted with concern that time for preparing and holding the elections was running out and the political environment is still unsettled.

"The South Sudan electoral body will need to budget and secure funding, procure materials, register voters among other logistical and administrative processes," IEBC said in a statement.

South Sudan became independent on July 9th 2011 following a referendum to determine autonomy.

It has 10 states with an estimated population of 11 million.

Also read: Cord dismissed over disbanding IEBC

IEBC promised to give technical support on the conducting of the elections.

IEBC has also hosted Tanzania National Electoral Commission (NEC) officials to share experiences on conducting of six-elections a day, use of technology in election management and voter education, among others.

Tanzania will also have General Elections in a year’s time from now. 

Recently IEBC also hosted the electoral body of Zanzibar and the discussions centered on biometric voter registration (BVR), voter identification on polling day, election results and information management, voter education and stakeholder engagement.

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