South Sudanese students’ association in Kenya elects Aliandro Lotok as chairperson

Posted: October 30, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Commentary, Contributing Writers, Junub Sudan

By Emmanuel Malual Makuach, Nairobi, Kenya


October 30, 2016 (SSB) — South Sudanese students Association in Kenya (SSSAK) have elected Aliandro Lotok, the former South Sudan TV presenter, as a new chairperson in addition to other office holders in the association.

Simon Gatkhor, the chairperson of the electoral commission, described the polls conducted in Nairobi on Saturday as “free and fair” despite some claims from agents of other candidates.

Aliandro Lotok was elected the association’s new chairperson with over 97 votes, defeating Amati Maker and Chuot Makur Chuot, he said.

In his speech, the new chairperson vowed to promote unity among all the South Sudanese people and students in Kenya regardless of their political and ethnic background.

“I thank everyone who voted for me, and I promise to work for the unity of all students in order to collaborate with other South Sudanese associations” said Chairman Aliandro Lotok.

Manyuon Mach and Patrick Majur, the respective agents of teams Chuot and Amati, accused the electoral commission of being unfair and this, they said, led to their defeat.

Thus, one of the aspirants, Chuot Makur Chuot, declined to accept the outcome of the elections despite the statement from the electoral commission that the whole process was free and fair.

However, the other candidate, Amati Maker, has accepted the outcome of the elections, and has thanked her supporters for the trust and support they gave her during the grueling campaign.

Majok Anhiem Dhal was elected the association’s finance and he assured the students that he will work with students for accountability and transparent as far as the money is concerned.

The secretary general, Tito Awen Bol, also elected in new position, says that he is going to work with the students for the welfare of all students.

“The welfare of the students has been in political dysfunctional stages and now we are changing the SSSAK to become better for all of us,” he said.

Simon Gatkhor, the head of the electoral commission, thanked students for their peaceful conduct of the polls.

“We want to be exemplary to other associations in conducting such organized elections, which meet international standard and very credible, free and fair,” he said.

karbino Award who is acting on behalf of former chairman of the students’ body said, “Let us unite and work together to change the image of our country, South Sudan.”

South Sudan education attaché, Madam Rachael Dicho, vowed that the embassy will provide technical assistance to the association and its newly elected office bearers.

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