14 February 2013

South Sudan: SPLM Postpones Its Extraordinary Convention to March

Juba — The ruling political party in South Sudan has rescheduled to March 15 the planned extraordinary convention to pass its basic documents, said Pagan Amum, secretary general of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Last month the deputy secretary general of the party, Ann Itto, announced that the convention would take place on 25th February to review the four documents of constitution, manifesto, rules and regulations and code of conduct.

The review of the documents is necessitated by the new reality that the party operates in an independent state which its vision, policy and programs should conform to before it is registered afresh as required by law.

However on Thursday during the visit to the party's general headquarters by the vice- president and SPLM deputy-chairperson, Riek Machar Teny, the former briefed the latter about the new timetable towards the convention.

Amum said 17th February is the dateline by which the ad-hoc committees will finish with the ongoing preparations of the documents and present them to the party's highest executive organ, the Political Bureau, on 26th February, for deliberations.

The SPLM National Liberation Council, he said, will sit on 11th March to deliberate on the documents before the extraordinary convention passes the documents during its deliberations from March 15-18, 2013.

During his visit to the party headquarters, Machar briefed the senior staff including the secretaries in charge of all the departments in the national secretariat on the upcoming national reconciliation campaign, economy situation and insecurity in the country.

The SPLM deputy chairperson urged the national secretariat and the party leaders in general to play a leading role in resolving the ongoing challenges facing the country, saying people should not behave like ostriches who burry their heads deep in the sand assuming that the danger around it had gone by not seeing it.

Machar encouraged the party leaders to express constructive ideas freely when discussing important national and party issues, saying the fear to express yourself can also impede your good thinking.

He further urged for active participation in the internal transformation of the party in order to restore or refine its direction and vision.

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