Press Release, OCT/26/2015, SSN;
Congratulations to Twic East Community on successful nominations of their gubernatorial candidates (Jonglei state).
Elections being a credible and a democratic means of getting leaders in a modern societies, we would wish on behalf of Greater Bor Communities in Kenya extend first and foremost our heart-felt congratulations, felicitations and internal gratitude to his Excellency Comrade, General Salva Kiir Mayardit for opening up democratic space for various states, newly established by republican order no 36 of 2015 by allowing public participation in identifying their would-be governors in their new states.
Kudos to him. This is a step in the right direction and we urge him to continue in the same spirit. On the same token we wish him to respect his orders, the powers he has given to the people to choose their leaders and stick to peoples’ choices in his final appointment of these governors.
Our special thanks go to the Twic East people in particular and the Greater Bor Community in general for the credible and transparent process of nominations of candidates, the political field was really over crowded with various candidates declaring their candidatures from boma to payams and finally to the county level (Twic East). This was a good sign for our communities because a community that seeks leadership through democratic means is not a bad community.
The arrangement saw numerous candidates eliminated in the race since the number of candidates required of the final nomination was narrowed down to the three best candidates. The process of doing this was quite clear.
Twic East Community being a giant in terms of human resource, intellectual capacity and a land of myriad of professors could not be defeated in resolving a little hiccup in Ajuong payam’s nomination process.
The nomination requirement was that each of the five Payams of Twic East were to presented one aspirant except Kongor that had opted not to present any candidate in the spirit of sharing.
However Ajuong payam in their nomination at boma level could not come up with one person and ended up taking the four aspirants to Twic East for determination.
When the issue of Ajuong payam nomination reached cul-de-sac, it was forwarded to Twic East general assembly in Juba for final verdict.
The county members decided to form a committee headed by Prof. Ajang Bior Duot (Ajangatoot) and few other elders and intellectuals with wealth of knowledge and experiences.
The committee came up with an Electoral College system where each of the five Payams except Ajuong was asked to identify five delegates (voters) totaling to 20 persons to vote and screen the Ajuong candidates from four to one person. The vote went as follow:
1) Col. Philip Aguer Panyang 14 votes
2) Peter Dut Kezekiah Barach 4 votes
3) Col. Machar Akec Machar 2 votes
4) Hon. Deng Dau Deng zero vote( 0)
It was as transparent as indicated herein, Col. Philip Aguer being the winning candidate of Ajuong payam had to compete with 3 other candidates, from Lith payam Dr. Dau Aleer, Pakeer payam Ateng Amos Agok and Nyuak payam Dut Achuek Lual.
Again the able committee devised another formula of identifying Electoral College voters 10 from each of the five Payams of Twic East totaling to 50 voters who voted using rank system of voting whereby each voter was asked to tick three preferred candidates in the ballot and rank them in the order of 1-3. Thus the results were as follows:
1) Col. Philip Aguer Panyang 32 votes
2) Ateng Amos Agok 31 votes
3) Dut Achuek Lual 29 votes
4) Dr Dau Aleer Abit 21 votes
The first three names will be presented to his Excellency, the president for his scrutiny, and vetting and final appointment for Jonglei state governor.
Congrats to Greater Bor community (GBC) for the crystal clear process of arriving at the final list/names of potential candidates for Jonglei state gubernatorial race.
There is no time for abracadabra but enough time for work and speedy development in our republic and Jonglei state in particular.
1) Dabek Duot Yak-GBC Chairman in Kenya
2) Ayuel Atem Ayuel-chairman-Ajuong Community in Kenya
3) Alier Gai Awan –chairman-Pakeer Community in Kenya
4) Deng Bul Chol-Ayual community in Kenya.