Cde Dr. Itto confirms Extra Ordinary Convention set for February 25
JUBA (Jan 23, 2013) – The long awaited Extra Ordinary National Convention of the SPLM will get underway on February 25, Deputy Secretary General Comrade Dr. Anne Itto announced on Wednesday, ending speculations over whether or not the meeting would take place.
The announcement came just days after the Deputy Secretary General held a meeting with SPLM Chairman Comrade Salve Kiir that focused on the Convention.
Earlier this month, Chairman Kiir officially invited delegates to attend the party’s Extra Ordinary National Convention in February, but the invitation stopped short of mentioning a specific date.
The gathering would be the first of its kind since South Sudan was proclaimed a sovereign country nearly 18 months ago.
Cde Dr. Itto told a news conference at party headquarters in Juba that the SPLM, after leading the people of South Sudan to freedom, now faced the daunting task of state and nation building; a state founded on democratic principles and values.
The Deputy Secretary General also explained that the Extra Ordinary Convention was especially called to deal with one and only one agenda: ‘Passing the SPLM’s Basic Documents.’
New political, economic, demographic and other realities following the independence of South Sudan as well as developments in the region and beyond have rendered certain articulations and texts in these Documents irrelevant.
SPLM SG Cde Pagan Amum (R) and DSG Cde Dr Anne Itto (L) compare notes recently in Juba
The Documents, namely the Manifesto, Constitution, Internal Rules and Regulations and Code of Conduct have over the past months undergone several stages of development.
The most important of these was the decision by the SPLM leadership to send drafts to the grassroots as part of an effort by the SPLM to ensure that the views, opinions and contributions of the grassroots are reflected in the final documents.
These inputs have been in incorporated into the drafts, which will be reviewed and refined by the Political Bureau and the NLC before hitting the floor of the Extra Ordinary Convention.
Cde Itto also dismissed reports suggesting that the Extra Ordinary Convention will discuss organizational issues, saying that these would be addressed during the SPLM’s 3rd National Convention later this year.
She said that the participation at the Convention will be restricted to delegates who attended the 2nd National Convention.
Cde Itto however, emphasized that defectors and individuals who defied the party and contested the 2010 general elections as independent candidates shall be excluded.