Eastern Equatoria State Parliament Goes On A 3-Month Recess

Juba 13 June 2015. Eastern Equatoria State Governor Louis Lobong Lojore who was the guest speaker during the closure of parliament on Wednesday congratulated the state Parliament for being ranked the best in terms of legislation performance. Community Empowerment for Progress Organization welcomes the state parliament recess. But the recess should an opportunity of the parliamentarians returning back to respective constituencies for briefing their constituents on the political developments in the state and the nation

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says it was observed that majority of parliamentarians being at state and national level normally misuse recess period. Majority of the parliamentarians were observed by CEPO for normally using recess period for traveling either for medical purpose or visiting their families outside the country. The rate of parliamentarian returning back to their respective constituencies during recess is below 30% of the time allocated for their recess

Some parliamentarians who turned to their respective constituencies turn to avoid holding constituencies’ briefings in their respective constituencies. The reasons realized behind this were either turn to avoid questioning on empty promises their made during the elections or failure to lobby for the constituency growth. Mr. Yakani stressed

CEPO will be seriously observing the Eastern Equatoria State parliamentarians during the recess period. After their recess period, CEPO will issue observation report on the parliamentarians recess.

For the parliamentarians that may turn out for briefing their constituents in respective constituencies of Eastern Equatoria state, CEPO hope that the parliamentarians will prioritize provision of information to the constituents on the following issues; The peace mediation process; the insecurity within the state and across the country; the state government achievements and future plans; state strategies for services delivery to the citizens; human rights issues of arbitrary arrest, forceful disappearance of some individuals in across the state and the support to the counties for social services delivery

Finally CEPO will be lobbying some of the parliamentarians for enactment of State Girl Child Education law in the forthcoming sessions of the state parliamentarians


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